Longest and highest non-stop cable car-Ba Na
Hills sets world record
DA NANG, Vietnam -- Ba Na – Suoi Mo telpher
system has a length of 16,500 feet (5.042 kilometers)and a
height difference of more than 4,230 feet (1,291.81m) between
its upper and lower stations-setting the world record
for the Longest
and highest non-stop cable car.
The cable car system will run from
the foot of the Ba Na Mountain to the peak of the neighbouring
Vong Nguyet Mountain in the Ba Na-Suoi Mo Tourism Area,
about 40 kilometres west of Danang City.
The first section has been built over the
last 12 months at a cost of US$17.2 million.
The remaining section, from Vong Nguyet Hill
to the highest peak, is to start operation by the end of April
with a further investment of $5.7 million. The Ba Na Cable
Car Service Company plans to launch the second section on
The first section can transport up to 1,500 people
per hour, with a 15 minute ride-time. The second will be able
to service 1,000 people per hour. The Ba Na telpher has 24
pillars and 94 cabins.
This telpher also holds the record for the
largest departure station in Southeast Asia, which
has entertainment facilities, a showroom of photos and objects
about Ba Na’s past and present. At the last
station, visitors can see one of the largest sitting Buddha
statue in Asia, which is 27m high, in the Linh Ung pagoda.
The cable car system is built up to European
standards with Austrian technology and equipment imported
from Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden.
Transit officials say it takes 15 minutes to ride
up Ba Na Mountain on the cable car, compared with 55 minutes
by car along a narrow, winding road.
Tourists to Mount Ba Na are served drinks inside
each cab as well as at the two stations. The cable car system
is expected to boost the economy of Da Nang, which has lots
of potential for tourism.
The Ba Na Cable Car service joint stock
company has spent VND300 billion ($17.2 million) in the cable
car system which is able to transport 1,500 passengers an
It takes only15 minutes for visitors to go from
the foot of Ba Na Mountain to the Ba Na ecological tourism
site, at 1,487m above sea level.
This tourist site experiences four seasons within
one day, and has an abundant fauna and floral system.
It is expected that Ba Na will welcome approximately
1 million visitors a year, compared to 200,000 in the past,
when the telpher was not built.
A representative of Ba Na Hills Resort said the
company invested some US$500 million to turn the famous mountain
into a tourist destination, among which some VND300 billion
was used for the cable car construction.
Besides, there are some hotels and villas on
the mountain with 200 guest rooms which are designed from
two-star standard to five-star one.
Vietnam has so far received 11 Guinness world
records. However, the Ba Na cable car is the country’s first
record in the fields of science and technology.
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March 27, 2009