The world's highest Ferris wheel is scheduled for construction atop Guangzhou's newly-built TV Broadcast Tower in Zhujiang New Town, according to the New TV Tower Construction Company. The project is set to become a major tourist attraction upon completion.
Get a full view of Guangzhou next October
"It will take 20 to 40 minutes for the giant wheel to go around once," said staff from the construction company. "Citizens will be able to enjoy a full view of the city from the 450-meter tall skyscraper."
Installation of the wheel will be finished in February of 2010, followed by a test period to be carried out for six months. The wheel should be ready to welcome visitors by next October.
The wheel's design consists of four main sections: the observation cabins, the track system, the boarding platform and the control system. Unique from other Ferris wheels, it will have 16 "crystal" observation cabins that will move on an oblique track, rather than being suspended like traditional Ferris wheels.
With a diameter of 3.2 meters, each cabin will carry four to six guests.
A safe experience
With its reliable "position fixing", 3.5-meter lightning rod and anti-declension facilities, the wheel is guaranteed safe in an M 8 earthquake or a 12 scale typhoon.