The Hong Kong Observation Wheel (HKOW) finally opened on December 5, 2014. After postponing the opening for several times, the Hong Kong Observation Wheel opened in a hurry without a big bang announcement.
Similar to other metropolitan cities like London, Singapore, Tokyo or Chicago, Hong Kong added now a giant ferris wheel to its attraction list. There were/are a lot of contradict opinions about whether Hong Kong needs Hong Kong Observation Wheel next to Central waterfront promenade.
The construction of the Hong Kong Observation Wheel (Ferris Wheel) started from May 2014 and the progress was really fast in the beginning. In the early September, the frame of Ferris Wheel was almost finished.
It was said it would be opened at the end of October. However, due to the unexpected over-two-month “Occupy Central” protest starting from the 28th of September 2014 in Hong Kong, the construction was suspended for a very long time.
In the morning of 5th of December it was supposed to open only for the press and media to test this new attraction. Surprisingly, before all the media could travel back to the office and write articles about it, the company suddenly announced to officially open the wheel to public (I guess they couldn’t afford to lose more time and money). Nobody was expecting the opening since the surrounding area around the Ferris Wheel was still under construction.
Height and Size of the Wheel :
This Hong Kong-edition Ferris Wheel is only 60-meter tall. It cannot compete regarding measurements and heights with the London Eye (135 meters) or Singapore Flyer (165 meters).
It also appears very tiny in front of all the skyscrapers in the background (The IFC Tower II next to it is 416-meter tall).
It comes with 42 carriages fitting 8 to 10 passengers each cabin (I felt a little bid puzzled about the design since number 4 is never the popular number in terms of Hong Kong’s culture and Feng Shui) .
Aside from the normal cabins, there are also Private and VIP cabins on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel (HKOW) providing a glass floor similar to the Crystal Cabins of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. However, these cabins come with a premium price.
The complete ride on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel takes approx. 15 -20 minutes and offers you a new and fresh perspective on Victoria Harbor, the crossing of the iconic Star Ferries and the surrounding skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island.
Since the Hong Kong Observation Wheel teamed up with Hong Kong Telecom, there is also free Wi-Fi in each cabin, making it possible to update your status on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & co within a second.
Ticket Prices :
Tickets are priced HK$ 100 for adults and HK$ 70 for children (aged 3 -11), students, seniors and disabled.
In case you would like to take one of the Private Cabins of the Hong Kong Observation wheel, be prepared to pay HK$ 500 (2 -3 persons) or HK$ 800 (4-8 persons).
Please note: Ticket sales will stop 15 minutes before closing.
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is located right outside the Central Pier 9 and 10 overlooking the harbor front of Victoria Harbour.
“There are plenty of other excellent sightseeing spots high above the city including The Peak, Sky Terrace 428 and Sky100 Observation Deck), as well as many skyscrapers along Victoria Harbour which provide observation floors (e.g. Bank of China Tower), rooftop bars (e.g. Sevva Bar), or rooftop garden (e.g. IFC Tower Two) from where tourists can enjoy the fantastic views.”
“The Snack Store next to the Ferris Wheel overcharges a ridiculous price (e.g. a bottle of water was tagged HK$ 20 which is only HK$ 5 in other stores 1-minute walk away). I have bad feelings for this dishonest business attitude that it is obviously ripping off the tourists who are unfamiliar with Hong Kong.”
“Pay attention to their ‘Terms and Conditions’ before your ride. Once you step on the cabin, you are agreeing them to take pictures of you and use your picture without further asking. You may become their website or commercial materials without even noticing.”
Plan to Stay: 1 Hour – 1.5 Hour
More Info and Details
December 5, 2014 – October 31, 2017
11:00 am – 11:00pm (daily)
33 Man Kwong Street, Central, Hong Kong
HK$ 100 (Adults) / HK$ 70 (Children, Student, Seniors and Disabled)
How to Get to Hong Kong Observation Wheel?
By Subway: Alternatively, you can take the MTR to the Central MTR Station take Exit A or the Hong Kong MTR Station Exit A2 to reach the Central Piers.
By Star Ferry: Simply take the Star Ferry from TST to Central.
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