Update: Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car reopens after two-month closure
After two-month maintenance after the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car accident, the cable car finally opens again on 5th of April 2012 (Thursday).
Besides, Ngong Ping 360 company offers the visitors free opportunity to the Hong Kong’s First-ever Pogo Jumpathon event. From 1st of April to 13th of May, you can enjoy the world record holding Pogo performance from U.S.. The performance is from 12:30pm to about 4:00pm everyday during this period. Visitors can also learn the Pogo stick jump from the Pogo experts. Don’t forget to take a picture with the Guinness World Record holding Pogo team.
Extended Suspension of Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car till April 2012 due to malfunction
Bad news for fans of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car attraction. Although it was predicted that Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car would take only 10-day maintenance due to the recent Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car accident, it seems that the system will remain closed two more months. The suspension will extend to early beginning of April 2012.
Preliminary investigations on Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car accident found the wearing of a bearing on the haul rope pulley wheel which can affect and result in slight vibrations. These slight vibrations were detected by the automatic monitoring system and caused the complete cable car system to stop. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride stopped automatically as a safety feature. It actually wouldn’t affect the overall safety of the cable car operations. However, as the Ngong Ping 360 management would put it: the wearing could result in a less comfortable ride.
As a precautious measure, Ngong Ping 360 management decided not only to replace the faulty bearings, but also to exchange the remaining bearings as well. In addition, the regular maintenance work (annual testing of the complete systems). The annual maintenance which is usually scheduled around June will be advanced and incorporate after the replacements of the bearings is completed. Currently, the overall estimated time schedule to finish the replacement as well as the annual testing will be roughly two month. Ngong Ping 360 management didn’t announce an exact date for the resumption of Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car system, but reminded visitors that weather is one of the key factors of replacing the faulty parts as soon as possible.
Other nearby attractions keep opening and how to get there ?
The nearby attractions, such as Ngong Ping Village, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Monkey’s Tale Theater and Ngong Ping Nature Centre remains open during the replacement and testing period. Visitors have the options to visit the attractions either by taxi or bus. If you decide to travel by taxi expect to pay around HK$ 180. As an alternative, you can take the New Lantau Bus No. 23. Check out for more details about how to get to Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery“.
For visitors who have already booked or purchased tickets, you can change the itinerary and/or ticket arrangement:
– at the Cable Car Tung Chung Terminal;
– at the temporary service stands set aside the Customer Service Counters at
(1) MTR Kowloon Tong Station;
(2) MTR Hong Kong Station;
(3) MTR Lai King Station;
In case you have any comments or enquiries you also can contact the Ngong Ping 360 Customer Hotline at +(852) 3666 0606.
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car accident on the 25th of January 2012
On the 25th of January 2012, more than 800 passengers were trapped in the hanging cable car cabins for more than 90 minutes. Experts believed that the malfunctioned bearings caused the automatic monitoring system to halt the cable car system. Ngong Ping 360 decided to run an additional inspection and testing cycle for the upcoming 10 days since this incident wasn’t the only one lately. As a matter of fact, there have been three additional incidents with mechanical failures reported within 6 weeks.
Is Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car safe?
You might wonder and worry if Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is safe. Taking a closer look at the ropeway you will notice that Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car had difficulties with their systems from the very start. Alone during September and October 2006, there have been eight service suspension recorded. The series of technical faults reached a max when an empty cable car cabin fell off the cable during a brake test of the annual examination on June 11th, 2007.
Most people would agree that complex systems like these always require and need a higher maintenance. Especially considering Hong Kong’s location and weather, it is very difficult to avoid malfunctioning bearings or belts. In addition, most of the visitors would also agree that Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is still a great attraction and offers memorable experiences.