Ferris wheel was born in the late 19th century, and was first designed by an American engineer George Ferris for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. To remember his birth of this great engineer, Russia newspaper makes a list of the funniest Ferris wheel in the world, including the famous “London Eye”, China’s “Tianjin Eye” and Singapore’s “Flyer” and other Ferris wheel.
The Ferris wheel designed by Mr. Ferris in 1983 was a direct response to the showstopper of the 1889 Exposition in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Mr. Ferris’s wheel was over 260 feet (80 meters) tall, capable of carrying about 2,000 people on it at one time, and its main axel alone weighed more than 71 tons. Since the achievement of Mr. Ferris, people afterwards begin to call “Ferris wheel” as the name of this amusement ride, which is also our familiar Ferris wheel today.
Not long after the death of Mr. Ferris in 1897, people planted to build another Ferris wheel in Vienna according to his plan before death. This Ferris wheel has been reserved until now and become a repute sight spot of Vienna. Until 1985 this Ferris wheel was the highest Ferris around the world.
In 1894, London began to build “giant Ferris wheel”, but this Ferris wheel with a height of 94 meters reserved till 1907. Nowadays “London Eye”, on the side of Thames, reaches up to 135 meters, and you can catch a glimpse of the whole city on it. It now is also the highest Ferris wheel in Europe.
In Paris, France, there is a Ferris wheel which has a height of 60 meters and is movable. It doesn’t need a fixed base and can stabilize itself by water tank. This Ferris wheel has been to places like Birmingham, Manchester, and Amsterdam.
Today the highest Ferris wheel is Singapore’s Flyer, which is at a height of 165 meters and has 28 cabins. It cost 3 years to finish the construction and was to put into practice officially in 2008.
To be continued……
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