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Shenzhen to get world’s largest ferris wheel

Posted: 01/27/2014 11:00 am

Splendid China Folk Village, which is located in Shenzhen Bay, is set to get the world’s largest ferris wheel next year, Shenzhen Economic Daily reports. The plan was announced at the pre-Spring Festival press conference by CEO Miao Zhuang and will mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the village.

The village has two areas, Splendid China Miniature Park and China Folk Culture Village, the wheel will presumably be built in the theme park. The exact date of the new ferris wheel’s unveiling is yet to be announced.

Since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel, built by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., there have been eight world’s tallest-ever Ferris wheels. The record holder is the 165-metre (541 ft) Singapore Flyer, opened to the public in March 2008.

Giant ferris wheels are a time-tested way of cities announcing themselves on the world stage.


New ride at top of Canton Tower gives spectacular views

Posted: 09/5/2011 9:44 am

Not for the weak-kneed

This story is by Nanfang Reporter Ellen Wang

A local newspaper published a story and photos last week from the newest attraction in Guangzhou. Here’s a translation of the article:

Ferris Wheel 450 meters high starts operation in Guangzhou

Guangzhou will embrace its own version of the “London Eye” today. Citizens and visitors in Guangzhou are now able to overlook the whole city at a height of 450 meters from every angle, thanks to a newly-built ferris wheel at the top of the Canton Tower, a landmark formerly known as Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower.

The Canton Tower Ferris Wheel will start its trial operation on September 1 and be open to the public beginning at 5 pm. A single ticket is priced at RMB130. At the same time, with the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival approaching, the Canton Tower is giving a promotion package which includes food, souvenirs and a tour in the E district of the Canton Tower, costing RMB599 per person or RMB2999 per cabin.

As there is still some ongoing construction at the top of the Canton Tower, the ferris wheel will only be open from 5 pm to 10 pm during its trial operation.



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