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 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.
AUGUST 30, 2017
The Hong Kong ObeservationWheel was suddenly closed on August 30, 2017 without prior notice. According to news reports, the sudden closure of the wheel came after the license of its operator, ICONG, expired on August 28, 2017.
A new tenant, The Entertainment Corporation, was awarded the contract to rent the site for three years but it is still uncertain if the tourist attraction will be operational again soon if at all. According to documents that surfaced, the new agreement only required the new wheel to be only 55 metres in diameter so the existing one will have to be dismantled and the smaller replacement must be erected. Taking down the current wheel will take at least three months while building a new one could take up to two years, reports said.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
In an unexpected turn of events, the outgoing and incoming tenants released a joint statement on Wednesday stating that both parties agreed to the transfer the ownership of the Observation Wheel from Swiss AEX (operator) and Dutch Wheels (the owner of the wheel) to TECL, effectively scrapping the impending demolision of the popular tourist attraction.
According to reports, the Observation Wheel will be reopened as soon as contractual matters are finalised and licensing processes are completed.