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The wheel deal: Amusement park offers lofty view


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.