I ate several meals in a rotating restaurant on top of the Baolilai International Hotel, where I stayed. I took some pictures as the scenery came and went.
If you were an architect assigned to build a rotating restaurant, how would you do it? Like a lazy susan, with ball bearings? Air bearings, like an air hockey table? Or just a giant greased plate? Would you use a screw drive to push it along?
|View from the rotating restaurant, 12:23 PM|
I think that hole in the ground is going to be another hotel.
|12:33 PM. Things at the right edge of this picture were on the left edge of the one above.|
When I'm here, I eat a lot of fresh fruit. There are fruits here I simply can't get in the US. Right now, there is something in season that looks like a Rainier cherry and has a similar pit, but tastes totally unlike cherries. There is guava, which has big hard seeds that stick in my molars. Also there is a melonlike fruit with white flesh and many soft small black seeds. Lychees are in season - vendors sell them by the side of the road, there's a stand about every thirty feet.
Based on these images, it looks like the hotel rotated about 90 degrees in the half hour I was there. Two hours per full rotation isn't fast, but then again, the restaurant is huge.