Hong Kong’s residents pay little attention to its rapidly changing skyline – given the rate at which new constructions including hotels, clubs, and skyscrapers crop up. Nevertheless, the newest addition to the city’s dynamic skyline has stirred plenty of conversation amongst Hong Kongers.
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel commenced public operations on Friday. The 60-meter-tall Ferris wheel adds a new sight to Hong Kong’s ever burgeoning harbour front. The novel public attraction can hold up to 336 passengers, spread across 42 gondolas which accommodate eight people each.
The gondolas will be heated in winter, air conditioned in summer, and free Wi-Fi will supplied courtesy HK Telecom. Tickets will cost HK$100 for adults and HK$70 for concessions. Each ride lasts for about 20 minutes, with merry-makers being spun around thrice. The Wheel’s hours of operation are from 11am to 11pm.
According to South China Morning Post, Swiss AEX – the company that manages the wheel, originally said The Wheel would open by September. The company was awarded a three-year contract by the Lands Department at a rent of HK$850,000 per month.
“Safety is the number one priority of the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, and the best things in life are always worth waiting for. We are proud to say we have now received every necessary license and permit required,” stated Timothy J. Peirson-Smith, spokesman for Swiss AEX.
Although the ride offers a good close-up view of Victoria Harbour, the traditional panorama from Victoria Mountain’s Peak is difficult to beat claimed a HongKong Post reporter. In a city overflowing with high-rise buildings, there are plenty of spots to catch a beautiful view of the city.
Rather than offering the tallest view, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel’s talking point is in its prime location – directly in front of the city’s Central harbour, which gives it an unmatched, unobstructed view. Make sure you take a ride on your next visit to Hong Kong!