China – Huashan (Shaanxi) – 2012

Mount Huashan Gondola Lift

POMA designed Shaanxi Taihua Tourism Ropeway Road, a gondola lift that transports tourists and pilgrims to the top of Mount Huashan, 2,120 metres away in the heart of China’s central Shaanxi province.

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This gondola lift climbs Huashan, one of China's 5 sacred mountains and a breathtaking tourist site, unparalleled in the world, with high vertical white granite walls and deep gorges. This is where the POMA teams took on the challenge of installing a 4.2 km-long gondola lift with a difference in elevation of 900 m.

Mount Huashan Gondola Lift

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4211 m

Difference in elevation

894 m


1500 people/hour



6 m/s

Number of cabins


Passengers per Cabin


nombre de lignes



POMA, innovation

For the project

of the top station

In order to respect this UNESCO World Heritage Site and to adapt to the constraints of the site, the top station was built into the side of a cave wall. The cabins reach it by taking a 150m-long tunnel carved into the mountain.


Two long-span

The Huashan gondola lift has two sections connected by a middle station. The first section is 1.815 km long and travels along the rice fields. The second section is located in a very steep area and with a difference of elevation of 826 m. The line has several 600 m spans without a tower.



To carve out the top station tunnel, the parts of a backhoe loader had to be carried up manually, as a helicopter could not be used here. For two years, a team of 200 workers worked every day with POMA technicians, sometimes in temperatures of -30°C.

Mount Huashan Gondola Lift in pictures


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