A world of wheels

The London Eye – which stands at 135 metres – is now an iconic feature of the capital’s skyline and I’ve been on it several times. On a recent visit to Manchester, I found that this city now has a Wheel of Manchester too, rising 60 metres. For a time, there was a wheel in Paris. Then, of course, there is the famous ferris wheel in Vienna – which I have ridden – which is a mere 34 metres.
It seems as if wheels are becoming more popular. China already has a wheel which is much taller than the London Eye: the 160-metre Star of Nanchang beats the 135-metres of the London wheel.
Now it is planning an even bigger wheel: the Beijing Great Wheel – which began construction this week – will soar 208 metres (680 feet).
More information here.