Everyone has heard the story of the man who proposed to his beloved on a Ferris wheel. And they lived happily ever after...
Whether such a thing ever really happened hardly matters, since the message is clear: Ferris wheels are romantic, and also provide excellent views of their respective locales.
Here's our list of the top five most unique Ferris wheels in the country.
1. Guangzhou Ferris Wheel: world's highest
With the promise of a ride and a view like no other, the world's highest Ferris wheel opened on top of the 450-meter-tall Canton Tower in Guangzhou two months ago.
Thrill-seekers can jump aboard one of 16 transparent pods that circle around the edge of the tower's roof at a 15 degree incline, and take a ride that lasts between 20 to 40 minutes.
The wheel can hold 96 passengers and costs 130 yuan ($19) to ride. It offers a 360 degree view of the city in friendly weather.
Opening time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Changsha Ferris Wheel: built on a building
2. Changsha Ferris Wheel: built on a building
This is a must-ride for the true Ferris wheel enthusiast. The 104-meter-tall wheel is considered unique because it is built on the roof of a 6-meter-tall building, rather than on the ground. It has a diameter of 90 meters.
In all there are 60 cabins, enough to accommodate as many as 360 passengers. To make the best use of the 20-minute ride, you are recommended to bring a telescope in order to get a good look at the emerging capital of Hunan Province. The wheel has also recently been equipped with lights that brighten any evening.
Opening time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tel: 0731 85132098
Suzhou Ferris Wheel: comes with a park
3. Suzhou Ferris Wheel: comes with a park
Particularly famous for its park, this giant Ferris wheel is 120 meters tall and stands on the east bank of Jinji Lake in Suzhou of East China's Jiangsu Province.
It contains 60 passenger cabins that can accommodate 300 passengers, and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete each rotation.
One of the most unique features of the wheel is the massive number of LED lights installed on its surface, which dramatically change its appearance from second to second.
Along with the wheel, there are plenty of other fun choices at the park, including a roller coaster, go-karts and a carousel, just to name a few.
Opening time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: Zhongyuan Road, Suzhou Science Park
Nanchang Ferris Wheel: star of the city
4. Nanchang Ferris Wheel: star of the city
As the name implies, the Star of Nanchang is currently the world's second tallest operating Ferris wheel, and a pride of Nanchang, capital city of Jiangxi Province in East China.
The 160-meter-tall giant has 60 enclosed air-conditioned gondolas, with each carrying eight passengers, for a maximum capacity of 480 passengers. A single rotation takes approximately 30 minutes; the slow rotation speed allows passengers to embark and disembark without the wheel having to stop turning. And, it's cheap, at only 50 yuan ($8).
Opening time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Address: International Exhibition Center, Nanchang
5. Tianjin Eye
Constructed on a bridge over the Haihe River, this observation wheel tops out at 35 floors, or 120 meters high.
Without a doubt, it's bigger than the London Eye and has become the new tourist hotspot in Tianjin, a close neighbor to Beijing.
So far, this is the only such wheel built across a river, and offers a clear view within a 40km radius, weather permitting.
The Tianjin Eye is electrically powered and has 48 capsules, each able to carry eight passengers, and takes 30 minutes to complete a rotation, with a maximum capacity of 768 passengers per hour.
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