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Nanjing Purple Mountain Cable Car Shame; Gone is the Chair Lift

Photo: Yangtze Evening Post

This past weekend saw the opening of a brand new cable car service to the top of Nanjing’s Purple Mountain, replacing the chair lift service that dated back to 1993.

A year in the making, and utilising only domestic technology to conquer the 448 metre peak, the new service features cable cars which, from a design perspective, are reminiscent of those that became accidental stars of the 1977 James Bond film “Moonraker”.

"The new cableway offers a 360 degree view, and with windows that can also open for ventilation, the summer ride is not so hot”, a happy Mr. Lin, from Huaian in Jiangsu, told the Yangtze Evening Post.

Yet, the new cable car also exemplifies the the price of progress.

For its predecessor was probably the single best journey you could make in Nanjing; despite some charming…...

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