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World's first international cable car planned to link Russia and China

•, Adam Williams

Assuming all goes to plan, the project, described as the world's first cross-border cable car by the firm, will link with a counterpart in China and provide swift travel between the two countries.

The Blagoveshchensk Cable Car Terminal, which also involves Strelka KB, will be located next to the Amur River which flows between the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk and China's Heihe (the Chinese side of the project has yet to be revealed).

The new cable car system will consist of two lines and run four cabins, each with a capacity for 60 passengers, plus space for their luggage. The entire journey is expected to take roughly seven and a half minutes.

"Cable car systems provide a new form of public transport that is sustainable, extremely fast, reliable and efficient," says UN Studio's Ben van Berkel. "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.