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Five names have been shortlisted for Macao’s new bridge

Submissions from more than 5,700 people were whittled down to a final selection, with cash prizes on offer for the runners-up and winner.

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An official selection committee has shortlisted five possible names for the fourth Macao-Taipa bridge, which is expected to finish construction in the next quarter, the Macau Post Daily reports.

The names are: Macau Bridge, New Urban Bridge, Kiang Hoi (meaning “mirror sea”) Bridge, Silver Jubilee Bridge, and Hou Kong (meaning “oyster river”) Bridge. 

Kiang Hoi and Hou Kong are traditional Cantonese names for Macao, while Silver Jubilee refers to the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR. The anniversary takes place this year. 

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The shortlisted names were among those proposed by more than 5,700 residents who entered a competition launched in December. Cash prizes of between 6,000 and 10,000 patacas are on offer for the runners-up and eventual winner. 

The 19-member selection committee comprises government officials, community association representatives and professionals primarily from the city’s cultural sector.

When complete, the 3.1-kilometre, eight-lane bridge will connect two land reclamation areas – Zone A and E1, neither of which is currently inhabited. 

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