At the inaugural ceremony, representatives from Guinness World Records presented certificates recognising the cable car system as the world’s longest largest cabin cable car system and the Sun Wheel as the world’s highest ferris wheel.
The Nu Hoang (Queen) cable car system and the Sun Wheel are parts of the developing Ocean Park project of Ha Long city, which cover an area of nearly 200 hectares. The newpark represents a total investment of around US$358 million project that also included the ferris wheel and a park. The development took two years of construction before completion.
Visitors will have a chance to enjoy sightseeing of Ha Long Bay, Ha Long city, Bai Chay bridge and Cuu Luc river from different angles. Each cable car system can serve 230 passengers at a same time. The cable runs 2.2 kilometers above the Ha Long Bay with two pylons of nearly 190 meters tall. The ride over the Bay will take 15 minutes. The Sun Ferris Wheel takes 20 minutes for a complete turn and it has 64 cabins with a capacity of carrying 1,200 passengers per hour.
At the inauguration, Chairman of the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee said the cable car system and the Sun Wheel will help boost social-economic development for Quang Ninh province as well as help will turn Ha Long into a more attractive tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. In 2015, Quang Ninh province -where Halong Bay is located- greeted over 7.7 million tourist arrivals in 2015, a year-on-year rise of 3% compared to the same period of 2014, according to data from Quang Ninh department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.
Foreign arrivals reached over 2.7 million, a 6% increase over a year earlier while tourist overnights reached nearly 4 million.The total tourism revenue in the year gained 6.55 billion Vietnamese Dong (US$312 million), up 19% over 2014.