Thursday, October 16, 2008

Star of Nanchang

The Star of Nanchang, formerly the world's tallest operating Ferris wheel, stands at 160 meters high and is located in the eastern Chinese city of Nanchang, the provincial capital of . It opened for business in May 2006, and cost 57 million to build. Tickets for the Star of Nanchang cost 50 Yuan .

The Star of Nanchang has 61 enclosed climate-controlled gondolas, each carrying up to 8 passengers, for a maximum capacity of 480 passengers. A single rotation of the Ferris wheel takes approximately 30 minutes; the slow rotation speed allows passengers to embark and disembark from the gondolas without any need for the rotation to be stopped.

The Star of Nanchang was surpassed in height by the Singapore Flyer when it opened on February 11, 2008, at 165 meters high. But both will be surpassed in 2009, when the Beijing Great Wheel is completed. Currently planned at 208 meters it is predicted to accommodate 1,920 passengers.

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