The QIONGZHOU STRAIT (simplified Chinese : 琼州海峡; traditional
Chinese : 瓊州海峽; pinyin : Qióngzhōu Hǎixiá;
Khāng-tsiú Hái-kiap), also called the HAINAN STRAIT, is a body of
water that separates the
Leizhou Peninsula in
Guangdong , southern
China , to the north from
Hainan Island to its south. The strait
Gulf of Tonkin
Gulf of Tonkin in the west to the South
China Sea on the
Leizhou Peninsula in background
Haikou City , Hainan, China.
The strait is on average 30 km (19 mi) wide and centered at
20°09′N 110°16′E / 20.150°N 110.267°E / 20.150;
110.267 with a maximum water depth of approximately 120 m (390 ft).
The strait is susceptible to closure during strong typhoon activity.
Whales and dugongs were once common in the strait.
* 1 Crossings
* 2 See also
* 3 References
* 4 Further reading
* 5 External links
The strait was crossed by the People\'s Liberation Army forces in the
spring of 1950 (see Landing Operation on
Hainan Island ).
Hainan Ferry (part of the Guangdong–
) carries rail cars and automotive vehicles across the strait.
A 140 billion RMB ($21 billion
USD ) bridge across the strait is
planned to begin construction in 2012. The bridge is currently
designed to have levels for both trains and cars, and is expected to
be 26.3 km (16.3 mi) long.
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Haikou , formerly called Qiongzhou
* ^ A B "
China to bridge the Qiongzhou
Strait at a cost of 140
Billion RMB (我国将在琼州海峡建首座跨海大桥
投资超1400亿)" (in Chinese).
Sohu . September 1, 2010. Retrieved
January 10, 2011.
* ^ "The Role of Qiongzhou
Strait in the Seasonal Variation of the
China Sea Circulation" (PDF). January 2002. Archived from the
original (PDF) on July 20, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
* ^ "Typhoon Chanthu lands on south China". Enbar.net. July 22,
2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
* ^ "GD,
Hainan planning cross-Qiongzhou straits bridge". December
25, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
* Shi et al., The Role of Qiongzhou
Strait in the Seasonal Variation
of the South
China Sea Circulation
* Media related to Qiongzhou
Strait at Wikimedia Commons