The best ferris wheels in China

Tianjin Eye, photo by David Hulme on Flickr

Ferris wheels don’t look like the most complicated things that humanity has ever built (especially in China, where you have sights like the Longmen Caves or the Great Walls, which are true marvels of engineering and art), but actually quite a lot of work goes into building a Ferris wheel. And in addition to being quite impressive, there is a huge advantage to Ferris wheels – they allow you to get a good and leisurely look at the scenery without making you feel like you’re in danger of falling off any minute. And even if you don’t care a whit about the scenery, riding a Ferris wheel is the typical amusement park attraction that only very few people can resist. Here are some of the best Ferris wheels in China, for adventurous travelers.

Star of Nanchang, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province

The Star of Nanchang is the second largest Ferris wheel in the world, towering at an impressive height of 160 meters. It’s not just the size that makes the Star of Nanchang so interesting – the air conditioned gondolas are also a nice perk. It takes thirty minutes for the huge wheel to turn round, which is slow enough to allow you to admire the scenery, and even for people to get on or off without the wheel needing to stop.

Suzhou Ferris Wheel, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

photo by Russell Trow on Flickr

Suzhou Ferris Wheel is only the second tallest in China, at 120 meters, which is pretty impressive by any international standard. The picturesque location of the wheel on the shores of Jinji Lake, as well as its sheer size are all the reasons anyone would need to take a ride on this impressive structure. Spend some time taking a walk on the shores of the lake, and at night when the neon lights turn on, take a ride on the wheel to admire the scenery.

Tianjin Eye, Tianjin

Tianjin Eye is one of a kind even when it comes to mind-blowingly huge Ferris wheels – it is the only wheel built over a bridge crossing the Hai River. When the wheel was opened to the public in 2008, it was the forth tallest Ferris wheel in the world, and even now it is in the top. The wheel has 48 gondolas, and it lights up like a Christmas tree in the evening, affording a view of the even more impressively lit up city from above.

Changsha Ferris Wheel, Changsha, Hunan Province

Suzhou Ferris Wheel, photo by Gwydion M. Williams on Flickr

Although not a terribly touristy city, Changsha has its fair share of attractions, especially since it played quite an important role during WWII (the first large city that the Chinese managed to defend against the Japanese). But if you don’t feel like visiting any ‘serious’ attractions, Changsha Ferris Wheel is the perfect sight – or rather opportunity to see sights from above.

Zhengzhou Ferris Wheel, Henan Province

The biggest attraction of the Century Amusement Park in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, is one of the four 120 meter Ferris wheels in China, and definitely a must see if you find yourself longing for some traditional theme park style amusements – it is among the best Ferris wheels in China, so it is certainly worth a visit!


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