Photos by MJ Klein
Hui-chen, her 2 sisters and I decided to finally walk over to the new Dream Mall in Kaohsiung and ride the ferris wheel on top of the building. This article contains quite a few photos but there are even more on my Flickr photostream. Clicking on any photo will take you to the Flickr photo page.
A closeup of the ferris wheel, taken from street level with the zoom lens.
The Dream Mall is rather large inside and quite impressive. Also impressive is the number of stores and what you can find. On our trip to the mall, you sure couldn’t tell that there was any economic recession!
Taking the elevator or esclator to the top floor, you’re greeted with this view of the ferris wheel upon entering the roof area.
We bought our tickets to ride the ferris wheel and then took a walk around for a bit before boarding.
This shot was taken right in front of the ticket booth, looking up. The ferris wheel is quite impressive.
I was surprised to find the roof of the Dream Mall to be almost like a little city unto itself.
They have some rides,
and attractions for the kids,
plus a few things a little wilder for the bigger kids and adults.
We ordered some food, but it was rather disappointing.
This guy was riding his son around on a motorized panda.
Meanwhile, everything falls under the shadow (so to speak) of a very large ferris wheel overhead). It’s hard to appreciate until you’re right up close to it.
The ferris wheel sits on top of the mall building, and it’s so high in the air that it needs beacons for air-traffic safety purposes, as the Kaoshiung airport is nearby to the east. Several of the cars have beacons installed. I presume that when parked, they leave one of these cars up on the top.
This is the central hub of the wheel. Notice the anemometer (which is a bit difficult to see to the left of the beacon and mounted on the rail).
Another beacon on a car.
Finally we were done messing around on the roof and decided to board the ferris wheel.
The 3 sisters (my lovely wife on the right).
In each car there are some stuffed animal thingies that might come in handy if you are scared of heights.
We’re just getting started.
Hui-ling called Mom and told her to look out the window.
Uncle Mike with my buddy Shiang.
Wow, everything looks so small from up here!
This last shot is the hub of the wheel as we decend back to the loading station. The ferris wheel doesn’t stop so you have to hop off the moving car before you end up going around again.
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