Date
18 December 2017
Hong Kong's newest attraction, a giant observation wheel, may finally get rolling near the Central ferry piers. Photos: RTHK, Internet
Hong Kong's newest attraction, a giant observation wheel, may finally get rolling near the Central ferry piers. Photos: RTHK, Internet

Ferris wheel to get rolling at Central waterfront

Hong Kong’s latest tourist attraction, a 60-meter-high observation wheel, is scheduled to open to the public Friday evening.

The giant Ferris wheel, installed near the Central waterfront, will open if it gets the “Places of Public Entertainment License” on time, according to RTHK.

The facility was originally scheduled for launch in September, but delays in obtaining various permissions led to the opening being put off.

The Ferris wheel has 42 gondolas each of which can hold up to eight people. It would be open from 11 am to 11 pm daily during normal operation.

A ride costs adults HK$100, and HK$70 for children, students, the elderly and the disabled. Each ride will last up to 20 minutes.

The operator, Swiss AEX, has spent HK$200 million (US$25.7 million) in building the observation wheel. It expects to draw a million passengers in the first year, or about 2,740 a day.

The pro-democracy protests won’t affect the operation, a spokesman for the operator said.

If it goes ahead, the opening will come more than a year into a three-year tenancy granted to Swiss AEX to operate the wheel at the Central ferry piers.

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