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Old November 7th, 2007, 05:38 PM   #21
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hope the wheel-project in dubai will come forward soon. probably they'll bulild it again taller
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Old November 7th, 2007, 06:05 PM   #22
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I will not be surprise.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 12:46 AM   #23
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Well there is not much room for innovative and different designs for a ferris wheel you know!
actually there are many different designs as you can see from the other pics, there were always ferris wheels before the London Eye, but once the London eye was constructed it was unique from those that were existing.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #24
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Very interesting.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 05:26 AM   #25
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I have no idea why so many cities are fascinated with ferry wheels.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 06:30 AM   #26
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It's not about the concept but the designs of London Eye anf the Great Wheel are nearly indentical!
Agreed! What a rip off!........well at least from the London Eye you have a much more spectacular view, and it isnt fogged in by smog.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #27
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So how do you considered it a "rip-off" when it looks by the website it's the same company? Did they rip-off themselves? Sounds like a bunch envious trolls. One afraid of the future and the other that has none.
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Old November 8th, 2007, 08:49 AM   #28
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All these wheels really look tacky.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #29
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Never mind the smog - capital getting world's tallest Ferris wheel
6 November 2007
South China Morning Post

Beijing's fast-changing skyline will soon be home to another modern landmark, with construction of the world's tallest Ferris wheel officially beginning yesterday.

Undaunted by the city's notorious air pollution, a Singapore-based company is setting out to provide a bird's eye view of the ancient city's blending of modern and historic wonders by erecting a 208-metre tall Beijing Great Wheel in Chaoyang Park, a company official said yesterday.

With an estimated price tag of 2.1 billion yuan, the giant wheel is the latest in a slew of extravagant projects in the capital.

Its 48 air-conditioned capsules are expected to start orbiting by 2009, with each carrying up to 40 passengers.

"When you take a ride, you can see all the new developments in the city's business district, parts of the Forbidden City. On a good day, you can see the Summer Palace. And with a bit of imagination, you can see the Great Wall," said Thomas Hossmann, financial director of the Great Wheel Corporation in Singapore.

However, not everyone was impressed by the ambition, with plenty of internet postings doubting whether commuters would see anything from such a height in the usually foggy Beijing atmosphere.

Mr Hossmann said the company was confident Beijing's air would improve after next year's Olympic Games.

The height of the wheel suggests a connection to 2008, and Mr Hossmann said the company had planned to schedule the opening to coincide with the Beijing Olympics. However, the design process had taken longer than expected.

A normal ride is expected to cost 100 yuan and take about 30 minutes. The capsules would also be rented out for special occasions such as wedding and birthday parties, Mr Hossmann said.

A similar project to build a 200-metre wheel was scrapped by Shanghai authorities earlier this year.

Although internet users were rather critical of the lavish project, residents in Beijing said they were looking forward to a ride.

Zhang Xu said he would be keen to take a peek at the embassy compounds in Chaoyang district because they were usually off limits to the public.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 08:37 PM   #30
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Okay, same company, now that explains it.
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Old November 10th, 2007, 09:07 PM   #31
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wow...this is really amazing project! very nice for Beijing
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Old November 12th, 2007, 01:10 AM   #32
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A new report from wikipedia advised that the completion date of the construction will be on March 2009. The expected open date will be on August 2009.

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Old November 12th, 2007, 03:50 AM   #33
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another excellent reason to visit Beijing again soon...
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:07 PM   #34
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The wheel should provide great views of the Beijing CBD. I don't know why so many cities in the world are building observation wheels. It's a terrible shame this 208-metre wheel won't get completed before August 2009 (damn those design changes). Will the Olympic beijing be screwed up because of this?
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Old January 4th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #35
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I love this design...especially seeing as it's so similar to the London eye. The base or station at the bottom is awesome in design. I wish London's had something like that.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 09:24 PM   #36
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Isn't it a London Eye rip-off?


Yes, i agree
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Old January 5th, 2008, 04:13 AM   #37
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So how can the same company that built the one in London rip-off itself when it's also building the one in Beijing?
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Old January 6th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #38
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because the company just care about making money...I just check the Hong Kong Kai Tak Wheel...that one look better.
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Old January 6th, 2008, 10:33 PM   #39
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because the company just care about making money...I just check the Hong Kong Kai Tak Wheel...that one look better.
Does that equate to Beijing "ripping-off" London as charged?
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Old January 7th, 2008, 08:24 PM   #40
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stunning project
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