In Myanmar, no festival is complete without a human-powered Ferris wheel. The operators climb the wooden structure as quickly as spiders. The men are typically tan with casual T-shirts and pants along with loose flip flops. Their petit frames are apparently equipped with powerful muscles because they pull themselves to the top with ease, then rest on the side rungs. They laugh at scared foreigners and locals alike as they sit waiting for their cue. At the sound of a whistle, they swing out to the center of a bar between the carriages and use their body weight in turn to swing the whole creaking wooden beast around. As the men come to the ground, they run from the machine one by one to make room for the next one. The great machine spins and spins several times then when it’s starting to slow down, they help it come to a halt by grabbing the beams and pulling them to a standstill for the delighted customers to step out. They motion the next brave adventurer into the carriage, then pull the beams to turn the wheel with the same ease that you might turn an umbrella in your drink. When each carriage is full, then all of the madness begins again.
You can also check out this Myanmar Human Powered Ferris Wheel Video I took.
And there are a couple more pictures below.