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Wuhan to get 200-m ferris wheel

(Xinhua)

08:14, October 24, 2012

WUHAN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- A ferris wheel taller than 200 meters will straddle a river in central China's Wuhan City in five years, in more good news for thrill-seekers in a country which is no stranger to giant wheels.

The "Hanjiang Eye" over 65 meters taller than England's "London Eye" will rise over the Hanjiang River in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, according to an announcement by Hu Lishan, deputy mayor of the city.

The ferris wheel is part of a Wuhan facelift aiming to turn an old downtown street into a modern business district. The project was given a credit line of 8 billion yuan (1.2 billion U.S. dollars) on Monday by a local bank.

"The ferris wheel will become a landmark of the district," said Hu.

China reportedly boasts more than five of the world's 10 tallest ferris wheels, including one atop a 450-meter building in southern Guangzhou City and the 160-meter-tall ferris wheel in east China's Nanchang City.

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