Why China is building a 127-kilometer underwater tunnel

(ORDO NEWS) — It is difficult to find a person who has never heard of the Channel Tunnel connecting the UK and France. Today it is the third longest among underwater tunnels. Its length is 50.5 km.

Only the Japanese Seikan Tunnel, 53.9 km long, and the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, 57 km long, are larger.

China will bypass all three record holders by building an underwater route of 127 km. Where is he taking him?There is one very remarkable bay in China. We are talking about the Bohai Bay, which is part of the Yellow Sea.

The depth in these places reaches 86 meters.There is also the city of Tianjin – one of the largest centers of production.And not far from it lies the capital of the country, Beijing.

People live and work along the entire Bohai coast. The Liaodong Peninsula and the Shandong Peninsula, between which there is a ferry service, squeeze the important bay into a vice. True, to move from one coast to another, you will have to spend at least 8 hours. Which is actually not as small as it might seem.

If you go around like all normal heroes, then you will have to drive about 1,500 km around the Bohai Bay along the highways from Shandong to Liaodong. Actually, for this reason, the Chinese are going to lay an underwater tunnel with a length of 127 km between the two peninsulas.

The infrastructure facility, if successfully completed, will connect the cities of Dalian Yantai. The tunnel will be a railway tunnel, but vehicles will also be able to cross it.

True, they will be loaded onto special platforms. Most likely, this decision was made by Chinese builders because of the difficulties in organizing ventilation in a long tunnel. Cars, unlike electric locomotives, create the strongest dirty exhaust.

But is there any benefit from such a project? In fact, the benefits are enormous. Speeding up transport links between Shandong and Liaodong will save the Chinese at least $4 billion a year. Thus, the 127-kilometer tunnel will pay off in just 11 years. Completion of work on the site is planned after 2030.


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