Date
19 October 2017
A new vehicle offering thrills and spills and scenic views on Victoria Peak could be on the way with GreenHeart seeking approval for its proposed zip line. Photo: Bloomberg, http://www.flightlinezbootleg.com/
A new vehicle offering thrills and spills and scenic views on Victoria Peak could be on the way with GreenHeart seeking approval for its proposed zip line. Photo: Bloomberg, http://www.flightlinezbootleg.com/

Thrills and spills if new fun vehicle makes it to Victoria Peak

Tourists could be in for some adrenaline-pumping fun on Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak if a plan for an aerial rope slide, or zip line, comes to fruition.

A project to build the aerial rope slide — typically a pulley and harness suspended on a cable — has been submitted to the Town Planning Board for approval, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

While the Peak Tram has been always the main vehicle for visitors to appreciate the Peak, the zip line will allow riders to enjoy views, and thrills and spills, from the Peak in mid air when sliding downhill.

GreenHeart HK Ltd., which has operated zip lines in San Diego and California, has applied for a five-year contract to build and operate the first zip line in Hong Kong.

The proposed zip line will be 122.64 meters. 

The facility will cover an area of about 111,220 square meters, and will be accessible from Peak Road and Findlay Road.

Two towers for taking off and landing will be built on the two sides of Peak Galleria. As the take-off tower, at 424.11 meters, will be higher than the regulated 420 meters, the project needs approval to ease the limit.

GreenHeart said the facility will not despoil the scenic views and interfere with transport on the Peak.

The company said the zip line can help boost tourism and the economy. It stressed its rich experience in operating such facilities overseas and said it will donate part of the income from the new attraction to local charity groups.

This is not the first zip line project proposed for Hong Kong. FlyingFox, a UK-based company, submitted a similar plan for the country park in north Lantau Island but was denied approval on land issue.

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