One great thing about Asia is that there is always something new to see, cultures to experience and great adventures to test yourself with no matter how many times youâ€™ve visited a particular place.Â You can learn a countryâ€™s local language and taste the local dishes.
Personally, I try to immerse myself in every countryâ€™s culture and way of life.Â This is why I also make sure that I get to ride on the various modes of transportation in each country most especially the unique ones.Â But I would have to say that it is quite a different experience to get a full view of a thriving city from a cable car.Â The wind will be blowing on your face and your eyes will be the ones doing the traveling for a change.
Asia, of course, has its own list of cable car rides that tourists and visitors from the world over can enjoy.
I can still vividly remember the very first time I got the chance to ride in a cable car.Â I was in Ocean Park and it was my first time in Hong Kong.Â Itâ€™s a good thing that Iâ€™m not at all bothered by high places.
Ocean Park is one of the major attractions in Hong Kong that is frequented by tourists from all over the world.Â This theme park is located at the south end of the island of Hong Kong.Â The entire park is divided into two major sections namely The Lowland Gardens and The Headland â€“ Marine Land.Â These two sections are connected by a long cable car.Â The ride from the Lowland Gardens to the Headland (and vice versa) is a thrilling and memorable experience.Â From the parkâ€™s cable car, you will have a marvelous view not only of the Hong Kong Island but those of the China Sea beyond.
This is an adventure in itself most especially if the wind is strong as the car will not be steady.Â Donâ€™t be scared if the car also stops in the middle of its ascent or descent.Â Just keep still and wait for the car to move and transfer you to the other side.Â Since youâ€™re already there, you might want to consider having your picture taken in front of the photo op wall near the cable cars.Â That will be a really nice souvenir!
LANTAU ISLAND, HONG KONG
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong.Â It is the home of the Tian Tan Buddha, which at 250 tonnes and about 34 meters high is considered the worldâ€™s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue.
During your visit to the island, make sure that you give Ngong Ping 360 a try.Â This is a pretty new tourist attraction in Hong Kong.Â It is becoming quite popular to tourists because of the amazing 5.7 kilometer cable car ride that connects the Tung Chung town center with Ngong Ping on Lantau island.Â The 20 â€“ 25 minute cable car ride would enable you to marvel at the theme village, the South China Sea, monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha.
This holiday season, specifically from 1 November 2008 to 31 January 2009, you can get a bargain price of HK$ 178 for the following:Â one Ngong Ping 360 round tripcable car ride, one 4D movie ticket for the 4D Extreme Screen Cinema, one SkyDeck Visit at the Aviation Discovery Center, eight tokens to the Interactive Sports Games at iSports, and admission plus two free games at the AsiaHollywood Movie-themed Interactive Exhibition.Â Â Â The total regular price for all these would be around HK$ 400.Â Â Â You can avail of this promo in the ticketing offices of Ngong Ping 360 Tung Chung Cable Terminal or in selected MTR customer service stations.
Take the trip to Malaysia and visit the famous Genting Highlands. Genting Highlands is situated 51 kilimeters northeast of Kuala Lumpur.Â Â Its location is about 5, 300 feet above sea level.Â Because it is up in the mountains, you have to expect cool weather that can sometimes be freezing with heavy misting and fogging.
It would take you about 45 minutes to travel up to Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur.Â You can reach the place by taking a private limousine, luxury coache, taxi cab, express bus, or shuttle service that are available.Â But if you would like to get a different â€œhighâ€ on your way to the top then I suggest that you take the scenic ride up to Genting on board one of the Skyway Cable Cars.Â The Genting Skyway is considered the worldâ€™s fastest and Southeast Asiaâ€™s longest cable car system.Â The best part is that the 3.38 kilometer stretch up (or going down) would only take 11 minutes.Â Wow!
Your amazement will start when you reach the Skyway Cable Car station, the base point of your relaxing trip to Genting, as you will be surrounded by rolling hills, view of the rainforests, and the magnificence of the mountains.Â Â The cable car ride is the perfect appetizer for your Genting Highlands adventure.
MOUNT MAT CHINCHANG, LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Langkawi is a slower paced destination in Malaysia compared to the other cities.Â But if you are looking for something thrilling to do in Langkawi then you can ride the cable car up to the top of Mount Mat Chinchang.
To ride the cable car, you have to go to the starting point which is located next to the Langkawi Oriental Village shopping center.Â The top station of Mount Mat Chinchang hill is only 2.2 kilometers away from the Oriental Village.Â The entire cable car ride will last for around 15 minutes and includes two viewing stations.
On the way to the middle station, you will get a nice view of the Telaga Tujuh or the Sevel Wells Waterfalls.Â When you reach the middle station, you have the option to get off the cable car to breathe in fresh air and the get a glimpse of the scenic view.Â After you have your fill, you can simply catch the next car that will take you to the top station.Â Of course, the view at the top station is far better than the view at the middle station.Â You will reach the top and fall deeper in love with Langkawi.
Who has not heard of Singaporeâ€™s Sentosa?Â Millions of people visit the island each year.Â There are a number of ways to get to Sentosa but I still prefer the cable car.Â The cable car is an efficient and entertaining way of getting to the low hill of Sentosa from one of the summits of Faber Mountain.
For the cable car tours, tickets may be purchased at ticket counters located at the Sentosa Tour Desk, The Jewel box and the Harbour Front Tower 2.Â Â These are the only points where boarding is allowed as well.Â You have the optionto take either a normal cabin or the glass-bottom cabin.
From these cable cars, you get to see a wonderful view of modern Singapore, nearby islands and a view of the busy port area.Â The trip is pleasant as the car moves in a leisure pace.Â Take as many souvenir photos as you can.
There are simply so many things to enjoy in Asia and it is up to you to open your eyes and be open to any kind of adventure that you can try.Â While visiting these lovely locations, make sure that you arrange your stay in advance with reputable hotels in Asia to avoid all hassles and problems during your trip.
So, what are you waiting for?Â Ride that cable car and view Asiaâ€™s remarkable cities from the top!