The Reading / Listening - Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 2

The world's longest sea bridge has opened. It links Hong Kong, Macau and China's mainland. It is 55 kilometres long. The bridge took a decade to build. Builders made special islands in the river to provide supports for the bridge. There is also a 6.7-kilometre underwater tunnel in the middle of the bridge. This is for ships to sail over. The new bridge is longer than 14 Golden Gate Bridges. The bridge will cut the time it takes to travel from mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau. The journey time to Macau has been cut from three hours to just 30 minutes.



China's president attended the opening ceremony on Thursday. He hopes the bridge will connect 68 million people in 11 cities. Up to 29,000 cars will cross the sea link daily by 2030. A trade and tourism expert said: "This makes Hong Kong a lot more accessible for goods, passengers and trade, so this is a benefit from the economic perspective." Tourists will be able to drive across the bridge, but local car owners will have to buy a special permit. Most drivers will take a shuttle bus to make the journey. The shuttle buses will cost $8-$10 per trip.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 0 Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 1   or  Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-hong-kong-mega-bridge-20181022-story.html
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/17/c_136902782.htm
  • https://abcnews.go.com/International/worlds-longest-sea-bridge-opens-macau-hong-kong/story?id=58662116


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The world's longest sea bridge
  2. China's
  3. The bridge took a decade
  4. Builders made special
  5. provide supports
  6. a 6.7-kilometre underwater
  7. cut the time
  8. The journey
  1. it takes
  2. to build
  3. for the bridge
  4. mainland
  5. tunnel
  6. has opened
  7. time
  8. islands in the river

Paragraph 2

  1. attended the opening
  2. connect
  3. up
  4. A trade and
  5. a lot more
  6. a benefit from the economic
  7. shuttle
  8. cost $8-$10 per
  1. to 29,000 cars
  2. buses
  3. accessible
  4. trip
  5. perspective
  6. ceremony
  7. 68 million people
  8. tourism expert

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's longest (1) ___________________ opened. It links Hong Kong, Macau and China's mainland. It is 55 kilometres long. The bridge (2) ___________________ to build. Builders made special islands in the river (3) ___________________ for the bridge. There is also a 6.7-kilometre underwater tunnel in the middle of the bridge. This is (4) ___________________ sail over. The new bridge is longer than 14 Golden Gate Bridges. The bridge will (5) ___________________ it takes to travel from mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau. The journey time to Macau has been cut from three (6) ___________________ 30 minutes.

China's president (7) ___________________ ceremony on Thursday. He hopes the bridge will connect 68 million people in 11 cities. Up to 29,000 cars will cross the (8) ___________________ by 2030. A trade and tourism expert said: "This makes Hong Kong a lot more accessible for goods, passengers and trade, so this (9) ___________________ from the economic perspective." Tourists will be able to drive across the bridge, but (10) ___________________ will have to (11) ___________________ permit. Most drivers will take a shuttle bus to (12) ___________________. The shuttle buses will cost $8-$10 per trip.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworld'slongestseabridgehasopened.ItlinksHongKong,Macauand
China'smainland.Itis55kilometreslong.Thebridgetookadecadetobuil
d.Buildersmadespecialislandsintherivertoprovidesupportsforthebri
dge.Thereisalsoa6.7-kilometreunderwatertunnelinthemiddleofth
ebridge.Thisisforshipstosailover.Thenewbridgeislongerthan14Gold
enGateBridges.Thebridgewillcutthetimeittakestotravelfrommainlan
dChinatoHongKongandMacau.ThejourneytimetoMacauhasbeencutf
romthreehourstojust30minutes.China'spresidentattendedtheopeni
ngceremonyonThursday.Hehopesthebridgewillconnect68millionpe
oplein11cities.Upto29,000carswillcrossthesealinkdailyby2030.Atra
deandtourismexpertsaid:"ThismakesHongKongalotmoreaccessible
forgoods,passengersandtrade,sothisisabenefitfromtheeconomicper
spective."Touristswillbeabletodriveacrossthebridge,butlocalcarown
erswillhavetobuyaspecialpermit.Mostdriverswilltakeashuttlebusto
makethejourney.Theshuttlebuseswillcost$8-$10pertrip.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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