On Saturday I walked along the waterfront – all the way from Wan Chai to the Central Ferry Piers. It was a hot and sunny afternoon, and I didn’t expect to encounter anything new or interesting (but still, I had my camera with me). Anyway, can you guess my surprise when I saw this, opposite the Central Ferry Pier number 9 (that’s where the star ferry leaves from and next to the Maritime Museum)?
Let me walk a step closer and maybe then you can see it better: This is the construction site for the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. It is next to the IFC shopping mall and the Central Ferry Piers, so in easy walking distance from Central.
Once it is completed, it will be 60 metres high (which is small, compared to the 135m of the London Eye and the 165m Singapore Flyer) and have 42 gondolas, each holding eight to ten passengers.
Swiss AEX, who will operate the wheel, is expecting a million passengers a year – a rate of 2,740 a day. The price will be HK$100 for adults and HK$70 for children.
I’m not sure whether it will be successful or not – the company which came up with the idea of building a wheel in Hong Kong back in 2011 did not survive and the Singapore Flyer went into receivership last year… but we’ll see.
The soft opening is planned for September – so probably the next time you’ll walk past this space, more pieces will have been assembled!