Singapore Flyer - The World's Tallest Ferris Wheel
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The Singapore Flyer : The Tallest Ferris wheel in the world
The Singapore Flyer is currently the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Described by its operators as an observation wheel , it reaches 42 stories high, with a total height of 165 m (541 ft), and is 5 m (16 ft) taller than the Star of Nanchang and 30 m (98 ft) taller than the London Eye.
Located in Singapore, on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building which houses shops, bars and restaurants, and offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.
Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 37 minutes. Initially rotating in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.
World's tallest Ferris wheels
* 1893: the original Ferris Wheel was 80.4 metres (264 ft) tall. Built in 1893 for that year's World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, it was moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1904 for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and demolished there in 1906.
* 1895: the Great Wheel was built for the Empire of India Exhibition at Earls Court, London, UK, and was 94 metres (310 ft) tall. Construction began in March 1894 and it opened to the public on July 17, 1895. It stayed in service until 1906 and was demolished in 1907, having carried over 2.5 million passengers.
* 1900: the Grande Roue de Paris was built for the Exposition Universelle of 1900, a world's fair held in Paris, France. It was demolished in 1920, but its 100-metre (330 ft) height was not surpassed until almost 100 years after its construction.
* 1997: the Tempozan Harbor Village Ferris wheel in Osaka, Japan, opened to the public on July 12, and is 112.5 metres (369 ft) tall.
* 1999: the Daikanransha at Palette Town in Odaiba, Japan, is 115 metres (380 ft) tall.
* 2000: the London Eye, in London, UK, is 135 metres (440 ft) tall. It was officially opened (by Tony Blair) on December 31, 1999, but did not open to the public until March 2000, because of technical problems. It is still the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.
* 2006: the Star of Nanchang, in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China, opened for business in May 2006 and is 160 metres (520 ft) tall.
* 2008: the Singapore Flyer, in Singapore, is 165 metres (541 ft) tall, and currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel. It started rotating on February 11 and officially opened to the public on March 1.
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