Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Two killed, 12 hurt in Chinese amusement park slide accident

Two killed, 12 hurt in Chinese amusement park slide accident
May 4, 2019

Two people have been killed and 12 injured after falling from a slide at an amusement park in south west China.

The accident happened at the Children’s Garden attraction in Taiping, Sichuan province on Wednesday - the first day of the Labour Day holiday – local authorities government said in a statement on social media.

The statement also advised that the attraction had been closed and “the person responsible for the business” had been detained pending an investigation.

Assessing various reports on the incident, it appears the deceased were both adults while. of the 12 people hurt, six were adults and six children. All are being treated in hospital.

A woman who was at the attraction with her daughter when the accident happened said she thought the ride might have been overcrowded.

The woman, who declined to give her name, advised “I was on a rope bridge and saw four or five rubber lifebuoys with people on them all crowded together and sliding down.

“The people were screaming, I’m not sure whether from fright or excitement, but within seconds they all flew off the slide.”

She said it had been raining on the day and she thought the ride, which ran down a steep hill, might have been running faster than normal.

In a now deleted post on WeChat, Children’s Garden said it had 32 ‘dry’ slides of various sizes. A video posted on shows a young boy riding down a slide similar to the one on which the accident happened. The guard rails appear to be about 50cm high.

Children’s Garden posted a notice on WeChat on Thursday saying it was closed for upgrading, but did not mention the accident.

This week’s incident is not the first at the Children’s Garden. Just two days after it opened in July 2017, three people were injured when a rope walkway they were on collapsed, the Chengdu Economic Daily reported at the time.

News of the latest accident drew angry reactions on Weibo, with people questioning what had been done to improve safety at the park.

A person wrote “I’m a local and have never gone there,” a person wrote. “How connected is its boss? No one is regulating this?”

Image: A woman who witnessed the accident said the slide was similar to this one shown in a video shared online. Courtesy of

Related Articles

4th November 2018 - IAAPA report highlights global surge in the ‘experience economy’

5th May 2018 - Chinese attraction opens giant swing above 300 metre chasm

13th April 2018 - Chinese Government looks to slow theme park development boom

17th December 2017 - Complacency surrounding Asian drowning epidemic also impacts Australia

18th September 2017 - Ocean Park Hong Kong closes Halloween-themed haunted house after guest death

3rd June 2017 - Global Theme Index shows mixed attendance trends for theme parks

25th October 2016 - Four killed in tragic incident on Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride

28th June 2015 - 200 injured in fire at Taiwan waterpark

20th September 2013 - China looks to improve amusement ride safety

11th November 2010 - Cable Cars Accident Traps 40 in Shenzhen Amusement Park

29th September 2010 - Design Defect Blamed for Space Ride Tragedy

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology



Rhinoplay offers playground equipment in Australia that is safe, durable, and most importantly fun! We specialise in creating unique indoor playgrounds for play centres and outdoor playgrounds for…

read more

Parks / Play / Surfaces



At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…

read more

Events / Hospitality / Technology / Ticketing / Venues



Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing


TouchCloud Global

Activating skyscapes for tourism, art, leisure and living TouchCloud Global (TCg) is a highly specialised international consultancy, broker and principal, devoted solely to activating and energising…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Recreation / Safety / Tourism



Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more




Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more



Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business