A major new cable car system is being developed in northern Vietnam.
According to a report by the state-run CPV newspaper, construction of the Fansipan-Sapa cable car got underway on 2 November 2013 in Vietnam’s northern province of Lao Cai.
Once operational, the three-wire system will stretch 7km from the town of Sapa to the top of Fansipan Mountain. This will make it one of the longest cable car systems in the world.
Each car will hold up to 35 passengers, carrying up to 2,000 people to the top of the mountain every hour. It will cut the current two-day trek to the peak down to a ride of just 15 minutes.
Developed by the Sun Group, the Fansipan-Sapa cable car will form part of a major new tourism complex also set to include luxury hotels, entertainment facilities, restaurants and a golf course. The total project is expected to cost around VND4.4 trillion (US$208 million).