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Hong Kong Observation Wheel launches augmented reality app to give visitors a feel of city’s historic past

The 60-metre-tall wheel has 42 gondolas, each accommodating up to four people amid the ongoing ban on public gatherings. Tickets cost HK$20 for adults and HK$10 for children aged three to 11 and senior citizens.

  • Users can download it for free to see the city from two time periods – between 1890 and 1920, and from 1960 to 1980 – during 20-minute ride
  • The world’s first-ever augmented reality experience on a moving platform took two years to develop and was guided by city historians Ko Tim-keung and Jason Wordie

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