For months now, images of a massive slide at a shopping mall in Shanghai have been spreading virally online. Known as the Happy Slide, the 54-metre long tube will allow thrill-seeking shoppers to go from the top floor to ground level in a hair raising 16 seconds!
This new slide is in the New World Department Store mall in Shanghai's Pudong district. Dubbed as the Happy Slide, the five-storey twisting tube has been undergoing rigorous tests in advance of a full launch.
Up to now, the tallest such slide was to be fund at Singapore's Changi Airport. It was opened in 2010 and is around four storeys high, which is about 12 metres. It's become a tourist attraction in its own right.
The organizers stress that only those between the ages of seven and 50, and who are in good health will be allowed to use the slide. Even so, some people are still concerned about getting trapped in the middle, or worse! The organizers also stress that the slide has gone through intensive testing, so people don't need to worry.
The Happy Slide opens to the mall's VIP customers from April 19, so as to get feedback on how it can be improved, after which, the slide will be open to everyone for free.