HONG KONG-Cross-border buses operated by Hong Kong companies on Friday started trial runs on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) in preparation for the bridge’s upcoming opening.
“The trial runs, arranged by the governments of the Chinese mainland, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Macao SAR, would last for three days and aimed at testing the readiness of boundary crossing facilities (设施) of the three places,” the Hong Kong SAR government’s Transport and Housing Bureau told Xinhua.
Two major cross-boundary coach trade associations in Hong Kong were invited to send buses and members to participate in the trial runs.
Freeman Cheung, secretary of Hong Kong Guangdong Boundary Crossing Bus Association, said his association would run one bus with about 10 passengers on Friday and Saturday respectively as part of the trial runs.
“Our bus started at noon from the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities and ran all the way to Zhuhai in about 40 minutes,” he said, adding that “the journey was smooth.”
Alan Chan, secretary of another trade association who participated in the trial runs as a passenger, said the clearance procedures at boundary crossing facilities of the three places all went on well and smoothly.
“The boundary crossing facilities of Zhuhai and Macao, in particular, are operated in a collaborative (合作的) way, which helps remarkably shorten the time needed for the clearance procedures,” he said.
The HZMB, situated at the waters of Lingdingyang of Pearl River Estuary, is a mega-size sea crossing linking the Hong Kong SAR, Zhuhai city of Guangdong Province and the Macao SAR.
The 55-km bridge is the longest bridge-and-tunnel (隧道) sea crossing in the world.
The bridge is meant to meet the demand of passenger and freight land transport among Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and Macao, and to establish a new land transport link between the east and west banks of the Pearl River.
12. We learn from the passage that ________.
A. Alan Chan participated in the trial runs as a driver
B. two coach trade associations in Zhuhai took part in the trial runs
C. the HZMB is located at the waters of Lingdingyang of Pearl River Estuary
D. the 55-km bridge is the second longest bridge-and-tunnel sea crossing in the world
13. What is the main idea of the second paragraph?
A. The route of the trial runs.
B. The effect of the trial runs.
C. The purpose of the trial runs.
D. The evaluation of the trial runs.
14. What does the underlined word “freight” in the last paragraph mean?
A. Goods that are transported by trucks, trains, ships, or planes.
B. Lines of raised water that moves across the surface of the sea.
C. Parts of the sea where fish are caught in large numbers.
D. The regular rising and falling of the level of the sea.
15. Which of the following can be the best title for the news report?
A. HZMB Is to Establish New Land Transport Link
B. Cross-border Buses Start Trial Runs on Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
C. Mega-size Sea Crossing Linking Hong Kong SAR, Zhuhai and Macao SAR
D. Boundary Crossing Facilities of Zhuhai and Macao Operated Collaboratively
【答案】12. C 13. C 14. A 15. B