The Development Bureau has proposed extending the tenancy of the Hong Kong Observation Wheel for another year, as the Central Harbourfront Event Space is proving popular with the public.

If plans are approved, the Observation Wheel’s tenancy, which was originally set to expire in June 2016, has the potential to be extended until mid-2017.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel. Photo: HKFP.

In papers submitted to the Central and Western District Council, the Development Bureau said that the Observational Wheel, as well as fairground pop-up Lai Yuen Super Summer 2015 nearby at the Central Harbourfront Event Space, have been popular with the public.

The Observation Wheel has received over 650,000 visitors since its opening in December 2014, reported Apple Daily. Operator Swiss AEX told Ming Pao that it was confident that the wheel will continue to be a landmark in Central.

A number of large-scale events have taken place on the harbourfront this year. These include equestrian show Cavalia and Lai Yuen Super Summer, a pop-up fairground that runs until the end of September, paying homage to the iconic Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park. The events have attracted over 1 million participants.

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Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.