Definitions for qiongzhou straitˈtʃyɔŋˈdʒoʊ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a strait between Hainan island and Leizhou peninsula. 50 mi. (81 km) long; 15 mi. (24 km) wide.
Category: Pinyin, Geography (places)
Ref: Also called Hainan Strait.
The Qiongzhou Strait, 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 connects the Gulf of Tonkin in the west to the James Shoal on the eastern edge of the South China Sea. The strait is on average 30 km wide and centered at 20°09′N 110°16′E / 20.150°N 110.267°E with a maximum water depth of approximately 120 m. The Guangdong–Hainan Ferry carries rail cars and automotive vehicles across the strait. A 140 billion RMB 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 long. Currently the strait is susceptible to closure during strong typhoon activity.
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