The 197-foot-tall (60-meter) Hong Kong Observation Wheel, or Hong Kong Ferris Wheel, is the city’s answer to the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Located prominently at the Central Harbourfront, the wheel offers passengers sweeping views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Victoria Harbour, and surrounding areas—day and night.
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel features 42 air-conditioned gondolas, each seating eight passengers; private gondolas are also available. The trip lasts 15 to 20 minutes. At the base is the AIA Vitality Park, with an open lawn and free wellness classes such as fitness, yoga, kickboxing, and swing dancing. Food and drink options are available at the base and nearby at Central Ferry Piers and IFC Mall.
You can purchase tickets in advance online, up to one hour before the desired time slot, or on the same day from the Hong Kong Observation Wheel ticket office. Tickets are also available as part of multi-attraction tours, which may include a dinner cruise and a visit to a night market in Kowloon.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is great for first-time visitors to the city.
- Standing is not allowed in the gondolas.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the gondolas.
- Luggage, baby strollers, and bulky items are not allowed on-board. You can store such items for a fee.
- The Observation Wheel is accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is located in Central, between Piers 9 and 10 of Central Ferry Piers. If you take the Star Ferry from Kowloon, simply walk from Pier 7 toward Pier 10. You can also take the MTR to either Central Station (Exit A) or Hong Kong Station (Exit A2).
When to Get There
The wheel operates from 11am to 11pm daily. Views are best at night, when the spectacular skyline on both sides of Victoria Harbour is illuminated. Popular times to ride are at sunset and at 8pm, to catch the Symphony of Lights.
Hong Kong Symphony of Lights
A great time to be on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel is during the nightly Symphony of Lights, a free 10- to 15-minute multimedia light and sound show involving some 40 buildings on both sides of the harbor. Lasers, lights, LED screens, and music performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic turns Victoria Harbour into an exciting audiovisual extravaganza, recognized as one of the top light shows in the world.