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   Undertoad  Saturday Oct 28 12:44 PM

October 28, 2006: Unique "Ferris bridge", the Tianjin Eye



Spluch coughs up the details on this artist's conception of a project to be completed next year in Tianjin, China.

It'll be 110 metres high, holding 48 sealed air-conditioned capsules, which in turn hold as many as 8 passengers. It'll take a half-hour to completely spin, so this truly is an observation platform and not a ride.

The river it's crossing is the Haihe. I'll bet it's part of the program to build things for when they host the Olympics.

Some details come from this Chinese page.



gaidin  Saturday Oct 28 12:52 PM

thats just askin for disaster



wolf  Saturday Oct 28 01:07 PM

One distracted driver on a cell phone gawking at the wheel and those flimsy baskets are just GONE.



glatt  Saturday Oct 28 01:38 PM

When I saw the title for this thread, I thought it was this picture (random livejournal image I stumbled across) except with some information to go along with it.



sproglet  Saturday Oct 28 03:54 PM

London did a similar thing with the London Eye for the Millenium.

Never been on it, partly because it's in London and also because it's £15 a pop.



milkfish  Saturday Oct 28 06:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
It'll take a half-hour to completely spin, so this truly is an observation platform and not a ride.
I hope they remember to include a chamber pot in each one.


TorasMommy  Saturday Oct 28 07:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by gaidin
thats just askin for disaster

or maybe a base jumper....


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 28 07:53 PM

Looks like the bridge is part of the structure and it loads at a pedestrian bridge on the lower level. When the novelty wears off they can make it a restaurant.

Wecome to the Cellar, Mommy.



CaliforniaMama  Sunday Oct 29 11:32 AM

Hi

Would people seriously stay on somehthing like this for 1/2 hour?? I get bored on normal ferris wheels . . .



Scriveyn  Sunday Oct 29 11:46 AM

Hmmm, drive-in pods perhaps? - Been on the London Eye, it was definitely less than £15, more like £6-£8.

Edit: Ooops, only saw glatt's pic after posting - is that a new parking scheme?



chrisinhouston  Sunday Oct 29 01:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sproglet
London did a similar thing with the London Eye for the Millenium.
And they also built a pedestrian bridge near by across the Thames but it had some pretty big engineering problems that kept it closed for a good while after the initial opening.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 29 02:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama
Hi

Would people seriously stay on somehthing like this for 1/2 hour?? I get bored on normal ferris wheels . . .
That's because you're a jaded American whose life is rush, rush, rush.
Air conditioning or seeing the sights from anything higher than the top of a bicycle is not a treat for you.

Welcome to the Cellar, Mama.


SydneyBoy  Sunday Oct 29 05:25 PM

I'm sure I paid more for the London Eye when I was there. More like 26 quid or something. Maybe it was high season.

Massive bloody ferris wheel, I'm sure it had a great view. Pity I couldn't see a thing through the thick London fog...



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Oct 29 08:16 PM

Welcome to the Cellar, SydneyBoy.

I gotta ask....why did you pay to go on the Eye........in the fog?



Ibby  Sunday Oct 29 08:23 PM

Y'know, CaliforniaMama may have a point, its not like there's a whole lot to see in Tianjin... just a bunch of gray buildings...



ckigar  Sunday Oct 29 10:33 PM

View from the eye:



http://home.everestkc.net/ckigar/castle1_023.html

It IS a good point not to drink an ale at one on the nearby pubs before embarking on your revolution... it kind of distracts from the view...

I thought the trip was well worth the 12.50 that is the current price



Sundae  Monday Oct 30 02:37 PM

If it's anything like the London Eye it's definitely well worth building IMHO.

Remove any thoughts of it being a ride from your head. It's a moving observation platform which will take you higher than anything else in the vicinity.

Obviously I can't talk for its impact in another place, but to Londoners it was incredible when it was first erected. Walking from Waterloo station and suddenly getting your first sight of something that dwarfs the Houses of Parliament and the clock tower across the river, and the National Theatre nearby. All the local landmarks suddenly shrink in your perception as this alien wheel rises out of nowhere in the tightly packed South Bank streets.

Or in my case, riding in a taxi along the Embankment on our way to a work do. We were all already quite drunk (and the rest) and had been talking non-stop from Acton. Then came the first sight of the wheel - silence until we lost sight of it some 5 minutes later. Probably a personal reaction for me as I played in Jubilee Gardens (the park where it is) as a child.

On a reasonably clear day I'd challenge anyone with even a vague interst in the London cityscape not to be thrilled by a trip, regardless of expense.

Pre-booked tickets in bad weather must be disappointing though.

ckigar - great pics



Happy Monkey  Monday Oct 30 04:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl
Remove any thoughts of it being a ride from your head. It's a moving observation platform which will take you higher than anything else in the vicinity.
Ferris wheels never were "rides" per se, were they? They've always been slow moving sightseeing platforms, even if the only sight to see is the rest of the fair.


glatt  Monday Oct 30 04:57 PM

Ferris wheels are fun, but I like them to be faster. You want the ride to be more than one slow revolution. You want it to go round and round and round for a few minutes. And you can see so far from the top! It's best when you know the place where you are doing the ride, because you get to see the usual things from a new perspective. Kind of like the Cellar.



SydneyBoy  Monday Oct 30 06:55 PM

Thankyou!

Yes maybe not the best weather to go on the eye but my time left in London was limited... had quite a surreal experience however in a small plastic bubble immersed in thick fog. Right in the middle we popped out the top of the fog and saw the top of the Houses of Parliament.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 30 11:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
Ferris wheels never were "rides" per se, were they? They've always been slow moving sightseeing platforms, even if the only sight to see is the rest of the fair.
It was also, historically, a place for a lady to fake fear and hold (grope) her beau while maintaining propriety.
And for gentlemen to take advantage of that to steal a kiss.


@SydneyBoy, how far ahead were they booked?


Aliantha  Monday Oct 30 11:32 PM

For some women (and men) there's no faking the fear as you go up in those creaky baskets.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 30 11:44 PM

OK wink, wink



Aliantha  Monday Oct 30 11:46 PM

I swear I used to be good at heights when I was a kid and even in my 20's, but I took the kids on a freaking chair lift ride a year ago and I nearly shat myself.

Never again!



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 31 11:58 AM

Often age brings wisdom, or at least brings responsibility that leads to wisdom.



CharlieG  Tuesday Oct 31 01:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl
...snip... take you higher than anything else in the vicinity.
We had a huge, non mobile one in NYC, but it got knocked down - Now we're stuck with the Empire State Building - LOVE to see a Ferris Wheel that could top THAT


Sundae  Tuesday Oct 31 01:19 PM

Good point - I think in London terms

There's a pre-digital-camera-era photo of me at the top of the Empire State Building. My ex & I held our grins and our tempers for quite a while in sub zero temperatures while a stranger faffed about with our camera.

The chap worked out how to use it the split second I decided he was never going to - I had a lovely photo of X grinning like it was Christmas, and a slightly blurred, thoroughly cold and pissed off SG looking like a spoiled princess.



SydneyBoy  Wednesday Nov 1 12:44 AM

We didn't book, just turned up on the day. Probably should book if its good weather though. And in retrospect, I think we paid 26 pounds all up, meaning it was only 13 pounds each.

Which is still too much for a broke aussie boy. Damn the british pound!

Out of interest - do the British not want to adopt the Euro simply because the pound makes them feel immensely rich whenever they leave their country?



Sundae  Wednesday Nov 1 12:57 PM

I couldn't give you the financial pros & cons of joining the Euro - although more financially astute friends of mine believe its a Bad Idea.

But the knee jerk public reaction is tied in with a sense of national identity. We buy good British ale at our local British pub and eat traditional British pork scratchings while watching British hoodies beat up traditional British morris dancers in the pub carpark. It just wouldn't be the same if we had to drink it in half litre glasses and pay by Euro.

Personally I miss going to Italy as a millionaire, but I like coming home from Spain and knowing I don't have to use up every single tiny coin at the airport (because I can use them on a weekend in Rome later in the year).



SydneyBoy  Wednesday Nov 1 05:53 PM

Screw adopting the Euro, you should adopt the Aussie dollar and you can have a currency that you can go swimming with or put through the wash and still use to buy a beer. Also, apparently if you put the notes in the microwave they shrink (remember those shrinkies you used to get in boxes of cereal?)

Although I've never been able to spare $5 to test out this theory.



Nao  Saturday Nov 4 01:34 AM

somehow I dont like the look of that... it's like asking for something to happen.



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