The Fansipan Legend - Sapa

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  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Sapa Attractions

    The Fanispan Legend......what's that you might say & so did we?
    Parked on our Sapa Holiday hotel balcony a certain sharp eyed lady spotted in the far distance what appeared to be some sort of small cars going in a line across the mountain face.
    Out came the camera telephoto lens.
    Wow, that's a cable car. We didn't know about that one at all.....
    Google is your friend in info need & so it turned out that the Fansipan Legend cable car was only opened in February 2016 & has two entries on the Guinness book of records!

    Almost unbelievable some little lady spotted the cable car in the distance from this hotel balcony
    you can't see it in the photo but it is there...

    So what's so important about this cable car.
    1. It goes to the top of the highest mountain in Vietnam - Mt Fansipan at 3194 metres.

    Fansipan (Vietnamese: Phan Xi Păng) is a mountain in Vietnam, the highest in Indochina (comprising Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia), at 3,143 metres (10,312 ft). It is located in the Lào Cai Province of the Northwest region of Vietnam, 9 km southwest of Sa Pa Township in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range.
    Fansipan is dubbed "the Roof of Indochina"; it is to be approved as one of the very few ecotourist spots of Vietnam, with about 2,024 floral varieties and 327 fauna species.


    2. The Guinness Book of Records
    A. At 6,292 meters, it has been recognized as the world's longest three-rope cable car
    B. The world's biggest height gap, 1,410 meters, between its departure and arrival stations.

    more to come.
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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The cable was built & set up in 2 years at a cost of US$110.

    Owned by by the Sun Group in Vietnam, they expect to increase Sapa's tourism by 30-40%.
    Sun Group was established in Vietnam in 2007. Up to now, the Group has implemented a series of projects contributing to the socio-economic development of many localities, such as Ba Na Hills, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Premier Village Da Nang Resort, Asia Park, Ha Long Ocean Park, Fansipan Telpher, etc.
    Sun Group focuses on the 4 main fields:
    Convalescence tourism
    Luxury real estate
    Amusement and entertainment
    Construction investment.


    The construction was done by Doppelmayr, an Austrian based company. Doppelmayr was founded in Wolfurt, Austria in 1892 (originally as Konrad Doppelmayr & Sohn). In 1967, Artur Doppelmayr, the grandson of the founder, Konrad Doppelmayr, and son of Austrian businessman Emil Doppelmayr, became managing director of the company. As alpine recreation rapidly expanded around the world during the last half of the 20th century, Artur led and established the Vorarlberg cable car company as the world leader. In 1996, Doppelmayr's holding company purchased Von Roll, a Swiss maker of gondolas and cable cars. In 2002, Doppelmayr acquired CWA, a Swiss maker of gondola and cable car cabins. The merger of Doppelmayr and Garaventa was announced in 2001 and completed in 2002. When the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group was formed in 2002 they formed the world's largest ropeway manufacturer.


    Specs from Doppelmayr
    Vertical rise 1,410.0 m
    Inclined length 6,326.0 m
    Speed 8.0 m/s
    Capacity 2000 p/h

    The Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group’s proven tricable gondola detachable (TGD) ropeways combine the benefits of gondola lift and reversible aerial tramway. The result is technical perfection. This 3S system has two fixed, fully locked track ropes on which the carrier travels and a circulating haul rope which is clamped to the 8-wheel carriages. This detachable continuous movement system offers top performance and reliability. It has cabins for up to 35 passengers and maintains top ride comfort even in extreme weather conditions. Very high wind stability, low energy consumption and the capability to cope with very long rope spans are the unmistakable strengths of 3S ropeways.
    To enable all passengers to be safely returned to solid ground in an emergency scenario, an innovative recovery concept was developed for 3S lifts. All functionally relevant parts and equipment are duplicated and independent of one another. The aim of this novel development was to provide the technical and organizational means to ensure that all cabins can always be safely returned to the nearest station.


    A view towards the starting station at Sapa

    the higher up the mountains you go you can see some amazing "umbrella" pine trees.


    more to come..
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Some scenery views of the valley way below



    Sapa City

    The Sapa - Dien Bien Phu road

    a waterfall
    in the dry season, so how spectacular will it look at the end of the wet season.
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    You disembark from the cable car almost at the top & then you've got a few hundred steps to climb to the actual peak.
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    if you're not fit or have any remote altitude problems, it can be a tough demanding hike.
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    such that someone couldn't go the last bit of distance.
    WE returned to the warmth of the air-con cafe & waited for Scotty & La to return from their ascent.
    The wind howls strongly up the ridgeline & whips across it's face, such that you really do have to hang onto your hats, or take them off.

    Newly opened just a couple of months there is still a lot of construction going on.
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    One of the items looks like a small railway to take the less able right to the very top.
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    Get out there & enjoy it while you can & it is not totally over run.
    The return fare was only US$30 per person & is excellent vale for ,money.
    Don't miss it if you are in Sapa.

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  6. scotty007

    scotty007 Ol'Timer

    Yes, a fantastic world class ride, worth the visit to Sapa alone, it was also very kind
    of the operators to stop the cable car mid way down in the longest span for 10
    minutes so we could admire the view for longer!
    It was blowing a gale at the top and freezing cold, the 600 step climb from the cable car was quite hard work in the thin air,
    but well worth it.
    A must do in Northern Vietnam!
  7. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Moderator Staff Member

    Looks an absolute ripper..
    Thanks for the heads up and will be a must do in the future.
  8. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    Indochinese version of Zugspitze cable car in Austria. Probably built by same company.

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