A 60-metre ferris wheel is the latest addition to the skyline of Hong Kong's Central Harbour. Officially opened to the public in December 5, 2014, the Swiss AEX Hong Kong Observation Wheel is located on a site outside Central Pier 9 and 10 and offers spectacular views.
The wheel features 42 gondolas, including a VIP gondola with a glass bottom. Each standard gondola holds a maximum of 8 passengers while the VIP gondola carries a maximum of 5 persons. All gondolas provide heating during winter and air-conditioning in summer.
The ride lasts between 15 and 20 minutes and costs HK$100 for adults, HK$70 for children under 12 and seniors age 65. Reservations can be made for a private gondola: HK$500 for up to 3 people and HK$800 for 4 to 8 people. The VIP gondola costs HK$1,500 for up to 3 people or HK$2,500 for 4 or 5 people. The ride includes free wifi access.
Hong Kong is the latest world city to have its own gargantuan ferris wheel after London, Tokyo, Chicago, Singapore and Bangkok.
Swiss AEX Holding Limited, operator of the Hong Kong Wheel, is is hopeful that it will become a top tourist attraction, attracting between 2,000 and 4,000 riders a day. About 300 people lined up to ride the wheel during its first hour of operation.
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is located at 33 Man Kwong St., Central. It is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Photo courtesy of www.hkow.hk.