By Cailey Rizzo
July 31, 2019
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The world’s first international cable car will transport passengers between Russia and China in less than eight minutes.

The system will make it possible to travel between the two cities of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe in record time.

"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," Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio who is designing the car, told Dezeen.

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The cable car will comprise of two international lines and four cabins, each capable of carrying up to 60 passengers and their luggage. It will take only seven minutes and 30 seconds for passengers to go from China to Russia (or vice versa). The actual travel time between the countries is expected to last only three minutes and 30 seconds.

Passengers will have to pass through security in order to access the cable car.

“Cable car systems provide a new form of public transport that is sustainable, extremely fast, reliable and efficient,” van Berkel said in a statement. “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.”

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Construction on the cable car system, and terminals on either side, is expected to begin next year.

If you’re looking for more record-breaking cable car experiences in the meantime, France has a cable car that’s also an escape room. It’s Europe’s highest and you have to make your way out from thousands of feet in the air.

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