The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, the first cross-sea bridge in the Maldives, opened to traffic on Thursday evening. The bridge is an iconic project of the Maldives and China in co-building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
The bridge is an iconic project of the Maldives and China in co-building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The 2-km bridge connects capital Male and neighboring Hulhule island where the Maldives’ main international airport is located. The bridge has made it possible for locals and tourists to transit between the two islands on land within five minutes.
Since the bridge project kicked off at the end of 2015, watching its construction on the beaches of Male had become a daily routine for many locals.
Same as usual, 26-year-old Maldivian national Amila decided to have a look at the bridge after work, just hours before it officially opened to traffic.
The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge looks like a carrying pole with Male and Hulhule island on either side. However, the bridge not only serves for passenger traffic between the two islands but also pushes forward the development of the habitation circle around capital Male.
Today, 1.5-square-km Male is crowded with 100,000 habitats. The Maldivian government has established housing projects on the Hulhumale island, adjoining to the Hulhule island, to solve the housing concerns of these residents.
Midhuam said the bridge connectivity also made Hulhumale housing projects feasible. The bridge is indeed the first and most important brick for a permanent solution for housing issues in the Male region.
The China-Maldives Friendship Bridge makes the life of Maldivians more convenient and simpler. As for the Chinese constructors whose tireless efforts have made the Maldives’ bridge dream a reality. They will now set out on a new journey starting from the bridge, along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, to other countries where their assistance is required.
The white sand and clear blue sky of the Maldives have always given an ideal impression of romance. However, for the Chinese constructors involved in building the bridge, the experience was far from romantic.
Constructing a bridge in the sea as deep as 46 meters, with a high temperature, high humidity and high levels of ultraviolet radiation was not an easy task. Being aware of such difficulties, the Chinese constructors still decided to go on with the task and made it eventually.