The classic old carnival ride, the Ferris Wheel, has become the latest mark of pride for major cities around the globe. Popular again in recent years, Ferris wheels are at the pinnacle of architectural competitions as they serve as he most elaborate tourist attractions from which people can view a city;s highlights.

From London to China to Dubai to Singapore, major metropolitan areas are erecting Ferris wheels, and the race is only getting hotter for bragging rights.