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World’s first cross-border cable car to connect Russia and China


The world’s first ‘cross-border cable car’ is being proposed as an alternative connection between Russian and China.

Located in Heihe, north east China, the cable car would run for seven-and-a-half minutes and connect travellers or commuters to Blagoveshchensk in Russia

Attempting to offer a new, innovative scenic option, the cable car would carry passengers across the Amur River—the flowing stream which is often completely frozen over during the particular harsh winter.

Dutch architects UNStudio are behind the principle idea, designing the Blagoveshchensk Terminal Station in Russia, a structure made up of  four levels which would include an elevated viewing platform looking across from the side facing Heihe.

Ben van Berkel, founder and architect at UNStudio, told CNN: “Cable car systems provide a new form of public transport that is sustainable, extremely fast, reliable and efficient. Although primarily a pragmatic solution, cable cars are also a very congenial way to travel as they enable us to see and experience our cities in a whole new way.”

Van Berkel added in conversation with Euro News: “As it crosses the natural border of the Amur River, the Blagoveshchensk—Heihe cable car will be the first-ever cable car system to join two countries and cultures.”

He added: “The Blagoveshchensk terminal station not only responds to its immediate urban location but also becomes an expression of cultural identity and a podium for the intermingling of cultures.”

UNStudio, who has also successful contributed cable car designs for Gothenburg and Amsterdam in past, confirmed that each cabin would carry up to 60 passengers and debate every 15 minutes.

Russian consulting company Strelka KB added: “From a distance, passengers will see a memorable facade that faces the city of Heihe.”