Lonely Planet Writer

Rooftop Ferris wheel a big attraction in Shanghai

A Ferris wheel  on top of a roof which opened this week in Shanghai is proving to be a big attraction.

The Sky Wheel is the latest addition to the Shanghai skyline
The Sky Wheel is the latest addition to the Shanghai skyline

The Sky Wheel is perched on top of the Joy Shopping Centre in the Zhabei district and offers spectacular views of the city.

The new addition to the skyline has 30 capsules that are built not to swing, even in high wind.

Inside the pods have padded seating and charging ports for phones and cameras. The wheel, which is half the height of the London Eye, is being promoted as the perfect place for marriage proposals.

The twelve minute ride (which can be booked in advance), offers views straight down Haining Road with construction and newer towers on one side, and contrasting older Shanghai lilong alleyway housing on the other.

The ride offers views of old and new Shanghai
The ride offers views of old and new Shanghai

From the height of the wheel, you catch glimpses of the  Huangpu River and the newly completed Shanghai Tower, as well as the Jinmao Tower  and Shanghai World Financial Centre, that make up the city’s huge skyline. However, new construction blocks views of all but the very top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.  The journey down offers views of buildings closer to People’s Square and the giant horn sculpture and colourful roof of Joy City Shopping Mall just below the wheel.

The wheel is the latest attraction to be built in Shanghai, with a new Disneyland resort under construction and expected to be completed this summer.

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