Shopping Mall Has a 5-Story Slide

(Photo: Stuff)

Forget the stairs or the escalator. This shopping mall in Shanghai has a great new way to travel from the top floor to the bottom. It's a winding slide decorated to look like a dragon. The trip through his gullet takes 16 seconds. It's free, although you do have to be at least 3 years old and 3 and 1/2 feet tall. It's open for transport on the Lantern Fesitival, which is on February 22. Shanghai Daily reports:

The slide attracted big crowds taking photos at the Pujian outlet of Printemps Department Store this afternoon.

"It looks fun and my son was too curious," said Yao Jin, who brought her five year old son to the store.

"My son was excited and very interested to have a try, but I still have some concerns on its safety," said Yao, who lives near the store.

Another visitor, Jack Shen in his 20s, said he will not take a ride.

"It is a stunt of the department store, and the slide seems to be very dangerous," he said.

That's fine. Then he won't take up space in the queue.

-via Stuff (auto-start video)

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Could possibly be fun if it was translucent and the whole thing was one big spiral firmly attached to the central pole. Someone would also have to make sure only one person at a time can use the slide.The way it looks on the picture is rather unsettling. I only imagine a group of kids stuck somewhere in the middle of the slide and the trouble it would take to extract them.
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