Construction Begins On Great Wheel of China

Great WheelConstruction began Monday on what was expected to be the world's tallest Ferris wheel, which will soar 680 feet (207 meter) over the Chinese capital when it is complete.

The $99 million Beijing Great Wheel was supposed to be open to tourists at next summer's Olympic Games, but the project had been delayed by a number of design changes.

The Ferris wheel was being built in eastern Beijing's Chaoyang Park, which is also the venue for beach volleyball in the Aug. 8-24 Olympics. It will have 48 air-conditioned compartments each of which can carry up to 40 passengers.

It is expected to be completed in 2009.

Great Wheel
Source: Msnbc & ChinaDaily