China is undoubtedly a vast country with endless flights of stairs in public spaces.
However, one Chongqing metro station – Yudong Station on Metro Line 3 – has introduced a fun and whimsical way to bypass the steps (at least on the way down).
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China News reported that a 10-meter-high spiral slide was built to allow commuters to whizz from the third floor of the station down to the ground level. The slide was reportedly built last year by a nearby shopping mall to attract young shoppers. One rider gleefully told South China Morning Post that his travel time was cut from three minutes to just five seconds (can we get more of these built?).
Unfortunately for adults, mall management has advised that this ride is only for children under 8 years old or those weighing less than 50 kilograms (we’ll take our chances). To ensure sliders’ safety, the slide is enclosed with a glass cover and it is advised that parents should pay close attention to their children if they use the slide.
Chongqing, known for its sizzling hot pot and rich history, is taking off as a tourist hub – in 2017, the city recorded a staggering 14% growth in tourism. Perhaps that is why the municipality is home to many fun attractions like the world’s longest skywalk, giant four-story mall slides and a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
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