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World’s largest spokeless ferris wheel opens in China

World’s largest spokeless ferris wheel opens in China
June 20, 2017

The world’s largest spokeless ferris wheel has opened on the Bailang River Bridge in the city of Weifang, in the Shandong Province of China.

Offering visitors a birds-eye view of the city and river, the Bailang Bridge Ferris Wheel, measures a total height of 145 metres - 10 metres taller than the world-famous London Eye and larger than the Turn of Fortune spokeless ferris wheel, in the Chinese city of Changzhou.

Fitted with 36 carriages, all capable of hosting 10 people, the structure marks the first time that a spokeless ferris wheel has been constructed with a grid design, with the wheel is planned out using the same design structure as a kite.

General Superintendent Sun Xuping from China Construction Sixth Engineering Division - the team behind the project - recently told the Tianjin Tourism Information Network how the spokeless structure works, advising that “the body of the ferris wheel does not rotate, instead, a built-in running gear rotates the cars around the circle”.

A statement released to Chinese news agency Xinhua explains that the team behind the project has high aspirations for their eye-catching new ride, noting that “(they) sincerely hope that the ferris wheel will become the landmark architecture of urban landscape of Weifang.”

The new landmark also offers Wi-Fi and individual television sets in every carriage.

Images: The Bailang Bridge Ferris Wheel look sout over the surrounding Shandong region. Images courtesy of Xinhua.

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