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A ride on Shanghai’s SkyRing Ferris wheel at Joy City Plaza is quite an experience, though it only last a mere 12 minutes. I had always caught sight of the Ferris wheel from aboard the metro when heading to Shanghai Railway Station and thought it’d be a cool attraction to explore. With that, I grasped the opportunity to take my girlfriend on a surprise trip to the Skyring on a crisps afternoon.
We arrived at Joy City Plaza after taking Exit 3 of Qufu Station.
Though Skyring is listed on the 8th floor, its entrance is actually located on the 7th floor. Much of the Skyring can be viewed from the 8th floor, though, if you’re interested in seeing it in its entirety.
On the way down we passed by a dining area in the plaza resembling a bustling Hong Kong night market. It definitely looked like a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat in the future.
After purchasing our tickets – 60rmb per person – we passed through a decorative space that contained a few backdrops where guests could take pictures.
It was a weekday afternoon so it wasn’t crowded, but there were a few guests snapping plenty of selfies.
At the end of passageway sat 3 ‘digital’ mirrors where visitors could catch a snapshot of themselves at 10yrs., 30yrs, or even 50yrs. in the future. All you needed to do was match your head into an outline on the glass and presto, you’ve officially seen how ugly you’ll look in a matter of years!
With no one in front of us we boarded the passenger cabin on the Skyring without complaint.
Inside, we immediately took notice of the host of buttons lining the cabin and discovered that it was equipped with Bluetooth. Hallelujah! With that, I took out my phone, connected to the cabin, and started pumping out slow jams from my MP3 player within a matter of seconds. How awesome is that!?
The ride on the Joy City Skyring offered some splendid views of Shanghai but stopped short of being spectacular.
The area surrounding the plaza was riddled with small to mid-sized apartments and buildings that look pretty worn down.
You won’t find any grand skyscrapers like those of Lujiazui in the near distance. Still, the view was amazing, especially at 98 meters above the ground.
Taking only 12min. to complete a cycle, our trip was complete before we could even settle in. There were other packages available—a 298rmb deal that included a tea set and two spins, for instance—but it all depends on what you’re looking to accomplish with whomever you bring along for the ride. We were just looking to have a simple, good ole’ time and overlook Shanghai’s landscape.
Overall, a trip on Joy City’s Skyring is a fun experience, but it definitely could last longer. By the way, after the trip my girlfriend informed me that in China there is a common belief that couples will break up if they 1. sing a song together at a KTV, or 2. you guessed it…take a trip on a Ferris wheel! D’oh!
Note: The Skyring cabins are equipped with Bluetooth. If you’re looking to impress a date make sure to have your songs ready to connect!
Directions to Sky Ring at Joy City in Shanghai: Hop on a Subway to Qufu Station. Take Exit 3. Walk outside to the 2nd Joy City building that is a few seconds away. Head to the 7th-8th floor.
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