The Hong Kong Observation Wheel stands right at the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, with beautiful views of the city and the ocean.

Though not nearly as high as the millions of skyscrapers that surround it, the Wheel promises uninterrupted views of the skyline from 60 metres above the ground.

There are 42 air conditioned gondolas in total, each holding up to eight people, so you are likely to have to share the cabin with others. Want a gondola all to yourself? Simply book the VIP Gondola to do something romantic like propose to your significant other.

The ride takes 15 minutes, and you can buy your tickets online to get your preferred date and time. The best times to go up are at sunset; during the Symphony of Lights every night at 8pm; and late in the evening, when all the lights of the city sparkle and shine. The final ride is at 10:30pm, and the Wheel closes at 11pm.

What is surprising about this attraction is that it is actually really affordable. Adult tickets are just HK$20.00, while seniors and children aged 3-11 are HK$10.00.

The Observation Wheel is part of the AIA Vitality Park, which has a lot of Carnival attractions for kids. You can buy a ticket package for the ride on the Wheel, plus a ride on the Carnival’s carousel with your kids.

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Photo by Hong Kong Tourism Board

There is luggage and baby stroller storage available on-site, as well as a number of places to eat. Blend and Grind Coffee shop has fresh brews, Happy Cow serves vegan ice cream, and Color Chacha has fresh juices and local Hong Kong treats, like egg waffles and siu mai dumplings.

Nearby are the Star Ferry Pier at Pier 7, the Maritime Museum at Pier 8, the popular IFC Mall, Exchange Square Bus Terminus and Hong Kong MTR Station.

Its location makes this a very easy and quick thing to do in Central, and can be easily combined with other experiences, such as riding the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour.

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