China’s Big Ferris Wheel

The Chinese are all about doing things bigger these days. Bigger highways, bigger buildings, bigger egos. Well, now for the amusement-minded, the Chinese are building what they say is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel in the country’s south. Personally, I hate Ferris Wheels. I think they are silly and so, oh, 19th century. But whatever. I post this for those who deign to concern themselves with such things. So, yes, here is the 525-foot-high Star of Nanchang, which opened in early May in a riverside park in Jiangxi province. 

The Ferris wheel (named for Ferris Buehler, who apparently designed the first one on one of his notorious “days off”) is a full 82 feet taller than the London Eye on the banks of the Thames in London which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the current record-holder.