Wednesday, November 07, 2007

China building world's largest wheel

Call it the Great Wheel Of China! China will soon have the world's largest wheel thanks to the same company that is building our very own 165m Singapore Flyer. From BBC:
The observation wheel, due to open in 2009, will stand at 208m (686ft) - the third-tallest structure in Beijing.

Designed to commemorate the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing Great Wheel is expected to hold about 1,920 people.

Officials say visitors will get "an unsurpassed view of the city", although some analysts have joked that pollution might stop visitors from seeing much.

When completed, the $99m (£50m) structure will eclipse the Star of Nanchang - the current highest wheel, also in China, which stands at 160m.
This means the Singapore Flyer which is expected to be completed in March 2008, will only have less than a year to wear the crown of the world's largest wheel. I guess very soon the company behind the Singapore Flyer has to make some changes to this statement on its website:
The Singapore Flyer, a giant observation wheel that features brilliant engineering breakthroughs a world apart from the traditional ferris wheel, is set to be Asia's most visible iconic visitor attraction.
Maybe they can change it to "Asia's SECOND most visible iconic visitor attraction".

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