Taiping Cable Car
The Perak state government has signed a concession agreement with Taiping Cable
Car Sdn Bhd to build and operate Cable Car services in Bukit Larut,
Cable car in British English is an aerial type of lift in which a cabin or other
conveyance is suspended from a cable and is sometimes pulled by the same cable. Cable cars are commonly used in ski
villages or resorts around the world, especially those across the Alpine regions of Europe.
In American English, "cable car" is often associated with a type of cable-pulled
street tramway with detachable vehicles, and is an icon of San Francisco, California.
The first aerial tram was built in 1644 to move soil to build defences. Mining
tramway systems were developed in the 1860s then evolves to perfect a line of mining and people tramways after 1867
in California and Nevada.
Tramways were common in the early 20th century at mining sites begins from North
and South America, through out various parts of the world.
Along with the rise of the middle class and leisure industry, cable car further
evolves into sight seeing machines. For its much cheaper cost to build compared to railway, many hundreds of
installations have rapidly emerged in mountainous and seascape areas through out America, Canada, South Africa and
Japan, after the Second World War.
Cable car system evolves again in latter decades; in Costa Rica - a renowned
ecotourism destination - cable car system was built to move tourists above a rainforest, while
one in Portland, Oregon, Medellin in Colombia was built to move commuters. Presently, the mining role of
tramways has lessened, though some still work, and moving people remains a starring role for the
Instead, cable cars (aerial tramway) are now widely used as tourist attraction,
and an alternative transportation in remote tourist sites, for its environmental friendiness, and lower cost of
Besides Costa Rica, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns Australia builds cable
car system to move tourists above rainforest as well. Whereas, Tung Chung Cable car system in Hongkong and Genting
Highlands Skyway in Pahang Malaysia, install cable car systems to move tourists at their mountainous
It's expected that as earlier as year 2011, there will be another cable car system
in service in Bukit Larut, Taiping - a heritage town in
northern Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. In addition to the existing tourist attractions such as Taiping Zoo, Night
Safari and the renowned Taiping Lake Gardens. To boost the tourism industry and bringing more tourists to