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Not so happy valley

THOUSANDS of people have tried to visit the city's new amusement park, Songjiang District's Happy Valley, in the past three days, only to find its opening has been delayed.

The park allowed visitors to look around the park but did not operate the rides, reported Oriental Morning Post today.

The park was supposed to open last Saturday but it was postponed to this Sunday after the breakdown of its star free-fall roller coaster last Thursday, its first trial with members of the public, leaving visitors stuck midair for several minutes.

The park's Website cited Typhoon Morakot as the reason of its delay.

Technicians later found the accident was caused by a metal pen cap that fell from a visitor's pocket, which caused a short circuit in the ride's electrical system.
The park will not allow the customers to go on the roller coaster with pens, coins or mobiles when it opens on Sunday.

The park's landmark wooden roller coaster also stopped seven times.

Last Thursday the park only operated a third of its rides, there was strong smell of paint and a sign board fell on three visitors' heads.

OCT Enterprises Co, which also operates Happy Valley amusement parks in Chengdu, Beijing and Shenzhen, admitted their chaotic service and vowed to correct them in the eight days to the opening, according to the report.


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