The 475-foot tall wheel is built on a bridge over the Bailang River in East China’s Shandong Province
A UNIQUE spokeless ferris wheel will soon open to the public in China, complete with built-in television sets and even wireless internet for all of the inevitable selfies.
The futuristic structure comes with 36 carts able that each carry 10 passengers, with views of the Bailang River in Weifang City, in East China’s Shandong Province.
The Ferris wheel has been built onto the 1,771-foot-long Bailang River Bridge.
As the world’s first spokeless Ferris wheel with grid design, the 475-foot tall amusement park-style attraction is set to become Weifang’s newest and most eye-catching landmark.
The crisscrossing steel beams holding the Ferris wheel together have been described as a “dragon spine”, and the complex architecture is vital for pulling off the spokeless and shaftless design, making the centre completely hollow like a giant high-tech wheel.
Some 4,600 tonnes of steel were used in the building of the Ferris wheel, which will take exactly 28 minutes to complete one rotation – plenty of time for tourists to snap photos.
If they get bored by the view though, passengers can always focus on the television sets installed inside the carts.
The designers have yet to reveal what will be played on the TVs, but members of the public have guessed it could be real-time footage of their location in relation to the whole wheel.
WiFi will also be offered in each cart, allowing tourists to connect to the internet on their phones.