If you read through all the newspaper regarding news about the cable car system, one will be able to realize that it has brought about big changes especially for the towns of Sapa and Fansipan. The legend which is the cable car system located in Fansipan has a total length of 6,282 meters. This was also given recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest cable car route in the world with only three ropes in its system. Each car has a capacity of transporting around 30 to 35 passengers at a time while the entire system is able carry a maximum weight of 2,000 individuals within an hour. The system was also designed to be able to withstand extreme weather conditions thus it is now possible for Fansipan to welcome tourists anytime of the day the whole year without restrictions.
Pham Quoc Long, one of the tourists coming from Hanoi, took his family to Fansipan for the very first time and he was very happy because it has been his lifelong dream to be able to stand at the so-called summit of Indochine. It was not possible before due to the dangerous trek but because of the cable car system, he was able to reach the summit along with his daughter and frail mother, 5 years old and 78 years old respectively.
Local economy in Sapa is soaring ever since the introduction of the highway route between Hanoi and Lao Cai which makes it easier for tourists to reach Sapa.
Despite the good news that the cable car system in Fansipan has brought about to the economy, many groups comprised of trekking advocates are quite disappointed with the construction of the cable car system. It used to be a three days trek going back and forth so one can reach the summit but now it can be accomplished in only 15 minutes. For trekking enthusiasts, this takes away the meaning of having to climb.
The traditional way can still be done for those who wish to experience the thrill of the trek while the cable car system will make things easier for people who can’t do so for various reasons. Now, tourists have more options when travelling from Hanoi to Sapa.