Visitors to Jinjiang Amusement Park in southwest Shanghai
will be able, starting next month, to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the city from a
Ferris wheel towering 108 meters above the crowds.
When the gigantic spinning ride goes into operation on May
1, it will be the world's third-highest Ferris wheel, after the 135-meter
"London Eye" and the 115-meter Tokyo Ferris Wheel in Japan.
Shanghai's whirling amusement ride will cost more than 10
million yuan (US$1.2 million) to build, stretch 98 meters side to side and have
63 "luxury cabins" capable of carrying a combined 378 people at one time, said
Manager Ge Shiwei of Jinjiang Amusement Park.
The 10-yuan admission fee will buy a 25-minute rotation
that gives riders plenty of time to admire the views, the park said.
On a clear day, visitors aboard the Ferris wheel will be
able to see the giant Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong, the Songpu, Fengpu and
Xupu bridges on the Huangpu River in the south and Sheshan Hill in the west,
said Ge.Construction of the Ferris wheel began
last November and is expected to be finished tomorrow.