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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:05 PM   #1
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BEIJING | Great Wheel | 208m | 686ft | U/C

Beijing Great Wheel
Official Website: http://www.greatwheel.com/beijing_english.htm

Completion Date: 2009
Location: Chaoyang Park (Sun Park), Beijing
Construction Cost: $99 million US dollars
Height: 208 meters | 686 feet
Weight: 2'800 tonnes
Diameter: 193 m | 633 feet
Number of Capsules: 48
Passengers Per Capsule: 40
Projected Time To Complete One Revolution: 20 minutes
Developing Firm: The Great Wheel Corporation
Website: http://www.greatwheel.com/index.htm


Beijing Begins Construction Of World's Biggest Wheel
2007-11-06 00:41:51 AFP

BEIJING, Nov 6, 2007 (AFP) - China has started construction of the world's tallest Ferris wheel in central Beijing, due to be completed in 2009, state media reported Tuesday.

At 208 metres (686 feet), the Beijing Great Wheel, a giant slowly-rotating observation wheel, will allow visitors "an unsurpassed view of the city" from Chaoyang Park in central Beijing, the China Daily reported.

The question remains what people will be able to see from the top -- since visibility in the Chinese capital is sometimes reduced to just a few hundred metres by its notorious air pollution.

When completed, the 99-million-dollar giant wheel in Beijing will dwarf its 165-metre cousin in Singapore, which is being built by the same company, the Singapore-based Great Wheel Corp.

The Beijing wheel will also beat the 135-metre London Eye, currently the world's tallest observation wheel, the report added.

The Great Wheel company website said the wheel was originally due to begin turning on August 1 2008, just days before the start of the Olympic Games, but the news report quoted sources in the company as saying there had been delays due to design issues.

The Great Wheel Corp was not available to comment.

Its website said there would be 48 capsules on the Beijing wheel, each of them carrying up to 40 people at a time.







This computer-generated image released by the
Beijing Great Wheel Corp on November 5, 2007 shows the
Beijing Great Wheel which will stand in eastern Beijing's
Chaoyang Park. Higher than both the London Eye and the
Singapore Flyer, which opens in March, the Beijing Great
Wheel will tower 208 metres (682 ft) when finished in 2009,
executives said on Monday, which would make it the highest
and largest in the world. (REUTERS/Handout)


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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:31 PM   #2
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thx gaeus for the thread, i wondered already what's going on with the wheel.

but this is the wrong section , can a mod please move it?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #3
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Isn't it a London Eye rip-off?
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #4
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:39 PM   #5
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Isn't it a London Eye rip-off?
Well, there are a bunch of them. Like the one in Dubai, Singapore and another one in China (forgot the name of the place but its currently the biggest ferris wheel).
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:50 PM   #6
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First, this project isn't a building, so it doesn't belong in this forum. And second, there's already a thread on it:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=429502
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Old November 6th, 2007, 11:58 PM   #7
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Edit: Sorry, the link above was to a "Great Wheel" project in Berlin, not Beijing. I've reopened this thread and moved it here to General Urban Developments.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 12:11 AM   #8
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World's Top Ten Observations Wheels


Thanks.

By the way, I found a site for the top ten largest observation wheel (ferris wheel)

10. Palette Town Ferris Wheel
height: 115
diameter:100
rotation speed: 16 minutes/revolution
location: Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan
opening: 1999



09. Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel
height: 117
diameter: 111
capsules: 68 carrying 6 passengers each
rotation speed: 17 minutes/revolution
maximum capacity: 1440 passengers/hour
location: Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
opening: 2001



08. Skydream Fukuoka
height: 120
diameter: 112
location: Fukuoka, Japan
opening: 2002




07. Zhegnzhou Ferris Wheel

height: 120m
location: Zhengzhou, China
opening: 2003





06. Southern Star Observation Wheel

height: 120m
capsules: 21 carrying 20 passengers each
rotation speed: 30 minutes/revolution
maximum capacity: 840 passengers/hour
location: Melbourne, Australia
opening: 2008



05. Changsha Ferris Wheel
height: 120m
diameter: 99m
location: Changsha, China
opening: 2004




04. London Eye
height: 135m
capsules: 32 carrying 25 passengers each
rotation speed: about 30 minutes/revolution
maximum capacity: 1600 passengers/hour
location: London, Great Britain
opening: December 31, 1999




03. Star of Nanchang
height: 160m
capsules: 60 carrying 8 passengers each
rotation speed: about 30 minutes/revolution
maximum capacity: 960 passengers/hour
location: Nanchang, China
opening: May, 2006



02. The Singapore Flyer
height: 165m
diameter: 150m
capsules: 28 carrying 30 passengers each
rotation speed: 37 minutes/revolution
maximum capacity: 1362 passengers/hour
location: Singapore
opening: March 1, 2008



01. The Great Beijing Wheel
height: 208m
diameter: 193m (Correction made. The blogsite has it as 198m)
capsules: 48 carrying 40 passengers each
rotation speed: 20 minutes/revolution
maximum capacity: 5760 passengers/hour
location: Beijing, China
opening: 2009



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Old November 7th, 2007, 01:44 AM   #9
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It's not about the concept but the designs of London Eye anf the Great Wheel are nearly indentical!
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Old November 7th, 2007, 01:48 AM   #10
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@gaeus: youve forgot the great wheel in berlin. will be the second tallest after completion.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #11
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These pics are from the official website of where the wheel stands: Sun Park, Beijing. Link: http://www.sun-park.com/xmjs-chaot.asp
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Another report:
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...reat-Wheel.php
Construction begins on Ferris wheel in Beijing that will dwarf London Eye
The Associated PressPublished: November 5, 2007
BEIJING: Construction began Monday on what was expected to be the world's tallest Ferris wheel, which will soar 208 meters (680 feet) over the Chinese capital when it is complete, state media reported.

The US$99 million (€68 million) Beijing Great Wheel was supposed to be open to tourists at next summer's Olympic Games, but the project had been delayed by a number of design changes, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Great Wheel Corp. A completion date has not been announced.

The Ferris wheel was being built in eastern Beijing's Chaoyang Park, which is also the venue for beach volleyball at near year's Olympics. It will have 48 air-conditioned compartments that can carry a total of 1,920 passengers, Xinhua said, citing Great Wheel Chairman Florian Bollen.

His Singapore-based company is jointly developing the project with Chaoyang Park authorities.

The structure will stand 208 meters (680 feet) tall, a height that commemorates the 2008 Olympics, Xinhua said. It was designed by the same Dutch company that worked on the 135-meter (443-foot) London Eye, which was the largest wheel in the world when it was built in 1999.

China already has a Ferris wheel taller than the London Eye. The 160 meter- (525 foot-) high Star of Nanchang opened in 2006 in southern Jiangxi province.

Bollen's assistant, Janet Li, told The Associated Press he was out of the office and could not be reached, and that she was not authorized to release information about the project. No one else was available for comment, she said.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 03:01 AM   #12
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OMG i know loadz of cities have started to get observation wheels like the LONDON eye but this design is literally IDENTICAL to the London eye.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 05:13 AM   #13
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@gaeus: youve forgot the great wheel in berlin. will be the second tallest after completion.
The lists comes from this Source and they are the lists of ferris wheels that were completed or under construction from 1999 - 2008. Any proposals or approved project are not part of the list such as the Dubai Observation Wheel and The Berlin Great Wheel.

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Old November 7th, 2007, 06:36 AM   #14
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OMG i know loadz of cities have started to get observation wheels like the LONDON eye but this design is literally IDENTICAL to the London eye.
Well there is not much room for innovative and different designs for a ferris wheel you know!
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so it couldn't be finished before 2008 Beijing Olympics? What a pity.
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Old November 7th, 2007, 01:58 PM   #16
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so it couldn't be finished before 2008 Beijing Olympics? What a pity.
of course it will be OK then
this is not skyscraper that needs a long time to be finished
its structure is not complex
it can be ready before 2008 the Olympic Games
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of course it will be OK then
this is not skyscraper that needs a long time to be finished
its structure is not complex
it can be ready before 2008 the Olympic Games
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BEIJING | Great Wheel | 208m | 686 feet | U/C

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Beijing Great Wheel
Official Website: http://www.greatwheel.com/beijing_english.htm

Completion Date: 2009
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OMG i know loadz of cities have started to get observation wheels like the LONDON eye but this design is literally IDENTICAL to the London eye.
It was designed by a Brit
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of course it will be OK then
this is not skyscraper that needs a long time to be finished
its structure is not complex
it can be ready before 2008 the Olympic Games
For some reason, the Official Website is not yet updated.

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Beijing Begins Construction Of World's Biggest Wheel
2007-11-06 00:41:51 AFP

BEIJING, Nov 6, 2007 (AFP) - China has started construction of the world's tallest Ferris wheel in central Beijing, due to be completed in 2009, state media reported Tuesday.

At 208 metres (686 feet), the Beijing Great Wheel, a giant slowly-rotating observation wheel, will allow visitors "an unsurpassed view of the city" from Chaoyang Park in central Beijing, the China Daily reported.

The question remains what people will be able to see from the top -- since visibility in the Chinese capital is sometimes reduced to just a few hundred metres by its notorious air pollution.

When completed, the 99-million-dollar giant wheel in Beijing will dwarf its 165-metre cousin in Singapore, which is being built by the same company, the Singapore-based Great Wheel Corp.

The Beijing wheel will also beat the 135-metre London Eye, currently the world's tallest observation wheel, the report added.

The Great Wheel company website said the wheel was originally due to begin turning on August 1 2008, just days before the start of the Olympic Games, but the news report quoted sources in the company as saying there had been delays due to design issues.

The Great Wheel Corp was not available to comment.

Its website said there would be 48 capsules on the Beijing wheel, each of them carrying up to 40 people at a time.
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