Last-minute reprieve for Hong Kong Observation Wheel

The 60-metre tall Hong Kong Observation Wheel has re-opened under a new operator, The Entertainment Corporation Limited.

The iconic Hong Kong Observation Wheel re-opened yesterday. The controversial Ferris wheel was set to be demolished back in September when Swiss AEX’s lease expired, as Blooloop previously reported.

The wheel closed to the public in August following a deadlock between the original and new operators of the attraction. The government stepped in, saying that unless an agreement could be reached, the wheel would be removed and the site would be cleared. The operators finally reached an agreement at the last minute, and the giant wheel was saved.
The Entertainment Corporation Limited (TECL), has slashed admission prices from HK$100 to HK$20 for adults. There are concession fares for seniors (HK$10) and children under three ride for free.

The Ferris wheel is now part of the AIA Vitality Park. Access is free. In addition, the park is set to host a wide range of wellness-related events, attractions and activities from 2018.
“In the coming weeks, we look forward to seeing everyone at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel, and AIA Vitality Park, to take in Hong Kong’s spectacular Harbour Front view,” a TECL spokesperson announced.

The Ferris wheel is situated in front of Central Piers No.9 and No.10. It has 42 gondolas, each seating up to eight to ten riders. Each gondola has its own communication system, air conditioner and free WiFi. In addition, there is a VIP gondola (available on request) with a crystallised floor. A ride takes around 20 minutes and offers incredible views over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

Although tickets are available on the door, TECL recommends visitors book online to minimise waiting times.

TECL says it expects around one million passengers each year, on average 2,740 riders per day.

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