HONG KONG – The Ngong Ping Cable Car, which is a part of the world-class tourist attraction Ngong Ping 360 on Lantau Island, will be temporarily closed starting today, May 1, until May 12 due to maintenance works, Ngong Ping 360 said.
Ngong Ping said it will advance its track rope maintenance work after a regular inspection on 29 April found a slight increase in surface wear on a section of the track rope near Tower 5 (near Nei Lak Shan).
The surface wear was approximately 3 to 5 millimetres, or just a tiny bit of the total length of the track rope at 11.4 kilometres.
“Following the detailed inspections on both 29 April and 30 April, we confirmed that the surface wear conditions complied with the stringent regulatory requirements. There was also no immediate impact on the safety and operations of the cable car,” Ngong Ping said.
The management of the tourist destination, however, said that Ngong Ping, a world-class tourist destination, strives to provide an extraordinary cable car experience to its guests, devote itself to maintain the high reliability of the cable car system and enhance the durability of its equipment.
“Ngong Ping 360 invests many resources in the maintenance of its cable car system. It has also developed and put in place a high-standard short-, medium- and long-term maintenance regime. These measures enable us to provide guests with safe and reliable cable car services. Ngong Ping 360 undertakes various types of maintenance work, including preventive maintenance, condition-cased maintenance and corrective maintenance,” said Jeff Chan, Head of Cable Car Operations.
ID cardholders whose birthdays fall during the maintenance period will be able to redeem their free birthday cable car ride on any other day in May 2015.
Ngong Ping Village, “Stage 360”, “Motion 360” and “Walking with Buddha” will remain open as usual during the maintenance period. Guests will be able to reach Ngong Ping Village by other modes of transportation.
The Ngong Ping Cable Car is a rare example of a bi-cable gondola lift system, and it is also the biggest aerial cable car of its kind in Asia. It offers a visually spectacular 25-minute journey with panoramic views of the flora and fauna of North Lantau Country Park, Tung Chung Bay and Hong Kong International Airport. – BusinessNewsAsia.com