Jiaozhou Bay and Bridge, China – July 23rd, 200936.0N 120.3E
Jiaozhou Bay is located on the southern coast of the Shandong Peninsula in East China. It separates Huangdao District from Qingdao City and borders on Jiaozhou City and Jiaonan City.
The bay is 32 km long and 27 km wide with a surface area of 362 km²; approximately two-thirds the area of 100 years ago. According to official data, the surface area has shrunk from 560 km² in 1928 to 362 km² by 2003 due to sustained land reclamation activities in recent decades.
The marine species also decreased by two-thirds within the last 50 years due to urban and industrial development and growth in adjacent areas around the bay.
The entrance to the bay is 6.17 km wide. In 1993, Qingdao City decided to build a traffic corridor for the Jiaozhou Bay region, which includes a tunnel under the inlet and a bridge across Jiaozhou Bay.
In December 2006 the construction process started with an estimated completion target of 2010. In this image, the future Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, which will be 35.4 km long, can be seen as a white line arching over the bay.