Ngong Ping cable car to close for five months for recabling

The Ngong Ping 360 cable car system, one of Lantau's top tourist attractions, will be closed for the first five months of 2017, in order for the operators to replace its cables.

In a statement issued yesterday, the operators said that rope replacement is a "normal and necessary process" which "takes place at regular intervals in all similar cable car systems around the world."

The replacement project has been scheduled for the first part of the year in order to avoid typhoon season and therefore uphold a high level of safety and efficiency.

To further ensure public safety, the Ngong Ping rescue trail will be closed to the public for the duration of the project, however Ngong Ping village will remain open. Visitors to the village and the Big Buddha are advised to travel by bus or taxi until the cable car opens again in June 2017.

While the replacement is underway, Dr Stella Kwan, Managing Director of Ngong Ping 360, said that the company would "launch a series of activities benefiting Hong Kong citizens to express [its] gratitude to guests for their continuous support." She went on to say that the company would also "launch another series of events and privileges, aiming to delivery quality travel experiences to the guests again, upon completion."

Originally opened in 2006, the 5.7km-long bi-cable ropeway system is the longest of its kind in Asia.

Image: np360.com.hk

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