Standing 476 feet (145 meters) tall, the Bailang River Bridge Ferris Wheel is a marvel of architectural engineering.
The Ferris wheel has something else going for it, too: It doesn’t have any spokes.
Constructed in a grid design and inspired by the structure of kites, the Bailang River Bridge wheel doesn’t actually turn. The 36 carriages, each of which accommodates 10 people, are affixed to a gear that runs the circumference of the wheel, like a round track. This gear is what turns, completing a rotation every half hour or so.
Each of the carriages has WiFi and a television screen inside, allowing riders to easily upload videos and selfies — or watch something else if they get tired of this incredible view for some reason.
While this isn’t the only centerless Ferris wheel in the world, it is the biggest. It unseat Japan’s Big O in Tokyo Dome City after it was completed in May 2017. Of course, the Big O has karaoke in some of the gondolas and a roller coaster goes through its center, so that’s a less contemplative experience.
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