QUANG NINH, 30 June 2016: The world’s longest cabin cable car system and the highest Ferris Wheel were inaugurated at Bai Chay tourist site, Halong city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh late last week.
Local media reports during the opening ceremony, 25 June, claimed representatives from Guinness World Records were present to provide certificates that recognised the cable car system as the world’s largest cabin cable car system and the Sun Wheel as the world’s highest Ferris wheel.
The cable car, which was designed based on consultations with the Austrian company Doppelmayr and Switzerland’s Garaventa, extends 2.2 km and can carry up to 230 persons per cabin. The pylon stands at a height of 188.88-metre above the ground.
The Sun Wheel, which was built using Japanese technology, has 64 cabins with a frequency of 20 minutes per cycle and a capacity of 1,200 passengers per hour. Located 215-metre above sea level, visitors get a panoramic view of Halong Bay.
Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee chairman, Nguyen Duc Long, said the cable car system and the Sun Wheel will help boost tourism to Quang Ninh province.
Quang Ninh welcomed around 7.7 million tourists in 2015, a year-on-year rise of 103% compared with 2014, according to the province’s Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism. Of that total, foreign tourists accounted for 2.7 million visits, representing a 6% increase.
Halong Bay is the most popular sightseeing destination in the north and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. It is also one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature designated in April 2012 by New Open World Corporation, an associate of the New 7 Wonders Foundation.