Bird’s eye views — 4 fantastic cable cars

Posted by on October 15, 2018

With so many exciting and exhilarating places to visit and only one lifetime, it’s important for travellers to drink in every moment while they’re away.

A great way to make places of interest even more memorable is by seeking a different way to sightsee. And what better way to take in a travel destination than high up in the heavens?

Cable cars are very safe to use and are powered by a sophisticated system similar to those used on trams and trains. They use an overhead electrical current that’s conducted through wire in a catenary system to run smoothly through the skies.

Here’s a roundup of the world’s best bird’s eye views.

China: Tianmen Shan

Located in the Tianmen Mountains in the north western province of Hunan, this facility covers a distance of nearly 7500 meters, making it the longest cable car ride in the world. It was built in 2005, with a total of 98 cars and a highest gradient is 37 degrees.

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It’s one of two ways for tourists to reach the top of the mountain and entry to the Tianmen cave – the other being a series of paths built into the cliff face at the top of the mountain, featuring 99 mind-blowing bends and sections with glass floors.

Canada: Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Situated in the popular Canadian ski resort of Whistler, this cable car covers a span of 4.4km and is the only one in the world that connects two mountain peaks.

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It holds two world records. Not only has Peak 2 Peak got the longest free span between ropeway towers, it also boasts the highest point above the ground, at over 400 meters. There’s actually been a cable car in Whistler since 1965, but the spectacular Peak2Peak has only been in operation since 1997.

Switzerland: CabriO

Feeling adventurous? This unique cable car is especially designed for travellers who want to feel the wind in their hair. The CabriO, located high above the city of Lucerne in Switzerland, is the world’s only double decker, open top cable car.

It offers travellers a 360 degree panorama due to the catenary wire being attached to the sides of the car, rather than overhead — taking in the magnificent scenery of the snow-capped alpine mountains to the renowned Rondorama revolving restaurant at the summit.

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Hong Kong: Ngong Ping

This innovative cable car between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island is not for the faint-hearted.

It gives travelers a unique vista of the South China Sea, through a 25 minute trip on a glass-bottomed car. Designed by global architects Aedas, it offers an unobstructed view of the ground beneath – including the North Lantau Country Park.

The transparent base has been extensively reinforced and tested, so travelers can jump on the glass (if they’re brave enough).

These are our favourite cable car adventures –  which one would make wish-list? Let us know in the comments section.

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