The Ba Na Hills cable car in Da Nang has claimed first place in a list of the 10 most nerve-jangling cable car rides that offer both thrills and spectacular views worldwide, according to UK travel website Wanderlust.
Stretching for five kilometres long, the Ba Na Hills cable car in Da Nang is the longest cable car journey nationwide. It serves to connect the foot of Ba Na Mountain with the peak of neighbouring Vong Nguyet, whilst also holding the record for the world’s largest departure station, built, bizarrely, to resemble a French chateau.
Stanserhorn Cabrio in Lucerne, Switzerland, ranks second in the list. Carrying passengers 2,320 metres from the village of Stans near Lucerne to the very top of Stanserhorn Mountain, the Stanserhorn Cabrio became the first cable car to feature a roofless upper deck.
Skyline Queenstown of New Zealand comes in third. As the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest gondola, the Skyline in Queenstown has been in use ferrying mountain bikers and their bikes up to the mountain bike trail on Bob’s Peak since 2011, becoming the world’s first gondola bike lift in the process.
The fourth position goes to Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Cape Town, South Africa. One of only three rotating cable cars in the world, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway arguably offers the best view with guests able to see out across Lion Peak and Cape Town to Robben Island, a location famous for being the prison of former South African president Nelson Mandela who was jailed there for 18 years.
Here are some more famous places featuring extraordinary cable cars. Mi Teleferico in La Paz, Bolivia, is the world’s highest and longest urban gondola and serves to connect the centre of La Paz to the district of El Alto, situated high above the city.
The 5.7 kilometre Ngong Ping in Hong Kong (China) is essentially a pilgrimage gondola and can offers passengers a great view when travelling up to Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, two sites found on the highest peak of Lantau island.
Although the Dubrovnik Cable Car in Croatia is not the longest, the highest, or the steepest cable car in the world, it arguably boasts the best views as it climbs its way to the top of Srd Hill.
The Palm Spring Aerial Tramway in the United States is the world’s largest rotating gondola and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Mt. San Jacinto State Park as it travels over three kilometres through the cliffs of Chino Canyon.
The cable car operating in the spectacular Tianmen Mountains in China is the longest in the world and takes a total of 30 minutes to travel. It stretches for seven kilometres and tackles a 37-degree incline, all while hanging precariously over the 99 Bends Road.
The 4.4-kilometre long Peak2peak Gondola which can be found in the southern reaches of Canada’s Coast Mountains, is a cable car of superlatives. Indeed, it is the only cable car in the world that serves to connect two mountain peaks: the Whistler and Blackcomb.
Tourist booklet on island districts to be released
A tourist booklet featuring famous tourist destinations of island districts across Vietnam will be released next week.
|Famous tourist destinations located in island districts across Vietnam will be featured in a tourist booklet from Saigontourist. The booklet will be released next week. — VNS Photo by Gian Thanh Son|
The work will include images and information about 12 island districts, including Bach Long Vi and Cat Hai of Hai Phong, Co To and Van Don of Quang Ninh, Con Co of Quang Tri, Ly Son of Quang Ngai, Phu Quy of Binh Thuan, Hoang Sa of Da Nang, Truong Sa of Khanh Hoa, Con Dao of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Hai and Phu Quoc of Kien Giang.
It will include information about the climate, population and economy of the districts. Cultures and lifestyle of local people will also be highlighted.
The booklet has dozens of photos selected from a photo exhibition on Vietnamese seas and islands organised on HCM City’s Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street last weekend.
The exhibition, called 12 Huyện Đảo Việt Nam (12 Island Districts of Vietnam), displayed black-and-white and colour photos by professional and amateur artists. Most of the works are about people and their challenges in daily life.
“I gained new experiences from looking at photos portraying people and soldiers who salute the national flag in Hoang Sa,” said Nguyen Pham Quang Dai, a 10th-grade student at Viet Uc Secondary School in Phu Nhuan District, who visited the event on Sunday.
Dai added: “Our country is so beautiful. I have visited Con Dao twice. I will ask my parents to take our family to visit Phu Quoc after COVID-19.”
The event’s organiser, Saigontourist, in co-operation with its partners, released the booklet. They wanted to provide foreign and domestic visitors with more information about tours to Vietnamese seas and islands. VNS
Try a meal in a frying pan in HCM City
Banh Mi Chao (bread with combo pan) and Bit Tet (Vietnamese style beef steak) served in frying pans are popular and easy to find in HCM City.
The basic version with bread combo usually contains egg, pate, and sausage and bread.
The best time to eat the dish is right after it is cooked. Typically, a mixture of chilli sauce and soy sauce are added. The egg yolk combined with seasoning makes for a tasty sauce that a piece of crispy bread is dipped into.
The customers can also add more toppings such as ham and canned sardines. A dish cost from VND30,000 to VND50,000 (US$1.5 to 2.2).
Another famous food served in a frying pan is Bit Tet also known as Bo Ne. The beef slices frying in the pan exude a fragrance that is difficult to resist.
The dish will taste even better with an omelette, shumai, sausage and bread.
The dish with full topping costs about VND50,000 to VND70,000 ($2.2 to 3). VNS
COVID-19 impact leaves Sa Pa virtually deserted
Situated in the northern province of Lao Cai, the usually-bustling tourist resort town of Sa Pa has fallen quiet in recent days as tourists stay away amid fears surrounding the spread of the fresh COVID-19 outbreak.
Sa Pa is one of the country’s leading travel destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists, although these days it has become eerily quiet as it faces up to the huge decline in tourist numbers caused by the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Prolonged spells of rain also serve to hinder tourists.
No vehicles can be seen traveling around the streets of Sa Pa, with only a few ethnic people walking around the deserted pavements throughout the town.
Even the town’s famous tourist sites fall quiet during this time.
The centre of Sa Pa is left empty.
The town appears gloomy with the past few days being spoilt by rain and cloudy conditions.
Restaurants throughout Sa Pa are largely left empty.
This isn’t the first time Sa Pa has been left lacking tourists. The same situation occurred several months ago when Vietnam ramped up efforts to combat the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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