Date
13 December 2017
Slde the City is deserted after its operator faiiled to obtain a government permit. The government told its operator about the problem shortly before it was to open at the Central promenade. Photo: tvb.com
Slde the City is deserted after its operator faiiled to obtain a government permit. The government told its operator about the problem shortly before it was to open at the Central promenade. Photo: tvb.com

Slide the City a non-starter after failing to get permit

Slide the City, touted as Asia’s highest water slide, failed to open as scheduled on Wednesday, unable to get a government permit.

The fun park operator said it was informed by the government about the problem shortly before it was to open at 9 a.m., likely due to technical reasons, Apple Daily reports.

Celebrities and the media were invited to a pre-opening spectacle at the Central promenade on Tuesday.

They were among 100 guests and customers who were left high and dry the next day. Some were offered refunds and free tickets as compensation.

Organizers said the process was orderly and promised to make an announcement as soon as everything is ready.

Some netizens left messages on the company’s Facebook page and criticized the government for being a killjoy “simply because of technical reasons”.

Ming Pao Daily News reports that Slide the City, last held at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in 2015, is scheduled to take place Central at promenade from Aug. 24 to 29.

Tickets are priced at HK$180 to HK$580, depending on the time, with each session lasting three to 4.5 hours.

The attraction finally got going at 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to its website.

The afternoon session (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) and night session (6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) will be held as usual.

 

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