Date
22 September 2017
An artist rendering of the Hong Kong Wheel at the New Central Harbourfront. Photo: HFC
An artist rendering of the Hong Kong Wheel at the New Central Harbourfront. Photo: HFC

Giant wheel gives view of Hong Kong from 60 meters in the air

Hong Kong will soon have its own giant Ferris wheel, similar to the London Eye or the Singapore Flyer. It will have a soft opening this September and for HK$100 (US$12.90) people will be able to view Victoria Harbor from 60 meters in the air, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The Hong Kong observation wheel, located at the New Central Harbourfront, is rigid enough to withstand typhoons and can operate even if there is a power outage, according to a spokesperson of the European owner Swiss AEX. If there is an emergency, passengers from its 42 gondolas can be evacuated within 30 minutes.

Adults will be charged HK$100 for a 15 to 20 minute ride, while it is HK$70 for children. The new attraction will open daily from 10am to 11pm, and the hours may be extended on public holidays.

Several events are being lined up, including a Christmas carnival and a New Year countdown.

Some members of the Harbourfront Commission said the operator’s forecast of attracting one million passengers a year may be overly optimistic, while others fear long queues could lead to chaos.

Swiss AEX said the average waiting time is about 10 to 20 minutes. The lease for the site of the Ferris wheel is three years, and can be renewed on a quarterly basis afterwards, the report said.

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