Langkawi Cable Car
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View of Langkawi Cable Car from the Top Station
The Langkawi Cable Car or Panorama Langkawi Cable Car, also known as SkyCab, is one of the major attractions in Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia. It provides an aerial link from the Oriental Village at Teluk Burau to the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which is also the location of the Langkawi Sky Bridge. The total length is 2.2 km (1.4 mi). It was officially opened in 2003.
Langkawi Cable Car is located just north of Telaga Harbour, Pantai Kok, with the entrance within 'Oriental Village' at the foot hill of the Machincang mountain range. It is located to the north-west of the Langkawi International Airport, on the west coast of the main island of Langkawi. It is approximate 30 minutes drive from Kuah town and 15 minutes drive from Langkawi International Airport.
Construction and design
The construction of Langkawi Cable Car began in April 2001, and was completed in August 2002. As there was no road to the top, all the structural components needed to be lifted to top with helicopters and assembled on site.
The gradient or the slope between the Base Station and the Middle Station is said to be the steepest in the world at 42°. It also has the longest free span for a mono-cable car at 950 m (3,120 ft). When there are strong winds, the cable car operation would be closed. There are 35 normal gondolas and each of these can carry six persons with total weight up to 480kg. There are also bottom glass gondolas and VIP gondolas.
The Base Station is located at the Oriental Village, a theme shopping centre housing in 30 individually designed buildings showcasing Malaysian and Oriental architecture. From this base, visitors can take the ride to the Machincang range via the Langkawi Cable Car on gondolas. The SkyDome, a 360-degree panorama screen dome theatre located at the Base Station, offes visitors free viewing while they are waiting for their ride on the Cable Car. The gondolas arrive at the station around every 30 seconds. The cable cars are closed weekly for maintenance.
An intermediate Cable Car station on the eastern ridges provides access to the eastern cliffs with its 3 vertical chimneys and the 360-degree views.
The journey from the Base Station to Middle Station covers 1,700 meters in length. The Middle Station is at an elevation of 650m above sea level, visitors can alight at the station and walk up to the viewing platforms.
There are two viewing platforms at the top of Gunung Machinchang, which are both a short walk up the stairs from the top station. The top station is located 708m above sea-level is about 5 degrees Celsius cooler than lowlands.
The ride afford a view of the surrounding forest, the Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) waterfall, as well as the sea. From the top station there is an access route to the Langkawi Sky Bridge. There are two viewing platforms at the top of Machincang mountain.
There is a 2.5 km walking trail, the SkyTrail, through the forest from the top station that goes down to the middle station, and then the Seven Wells (Telaga Tujuh) waterfall, although walking unguided through the trail is not advisable as the trail is not well-maintained and there is a risk of getting lost. Pre-arrangement with a naturalist guide is necessary.
- Horizontal distance: 2079 m
- Vertical rise: 680 m
- Inclined distance: 2158 m
- Haul rope diameter: 50 mm
- Bull wheel diameter: 6.10 m
- Passenger per gondola: 6 persons
- Design speed: 5 m/s
- Operating speed: 3 m/s
- Turn around trip time: 28 minute
- Hourly capacity: 700 passengers/hour
- Number of stations: 3
- Number of in-line towers: 2
- Height of Tower 1: 38 m
- Height of Tower 2: 70 m
- Longest free span: 950 m (between Tower 2 & Middle station)
- Steepest gradient: 42 degrees
- Construction period: 16 months (April 2001 - August 2002)
- Testing & Commissioning period: 3 months (August 2002 - October 2002)
- Burau Bay Resort station
- Gunung Machinchang station (708 m above sea level)
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