Enter the Dragon

Photo by Damien Day via Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura recently wrote about an escalator we hadn’t seen before. Only 85 km or so from Beijing, Longqing Gorge may feature China’s largest damn, but the bigger draw for some of us is its long escalator escalator system shrouded by an aggressive-looking dragon. It takes visitors up a staggering 258 m to the top of the dam. Is that a world record, as the article says, or is it still the Central-Mid-Levels system in Hong Kong?

Not only do you get to ride the escalators and see the damn at the gorge, a cable car and boats can be rode, and you can even bungee jump. Getting down is only by one of those ways, or by the stairs or a toboggan, because this wyvern only winds upward.

All Aboard!

Pardon me, but will this train take me to the elevators? Images from SoraNews24

Tokyo-based English-language news blog SoraNews24 prides itself on finding “fun, weird, and intriguing news” from Japan and Asia, and we have to agree that these elevators meet all of those criteria. In a recent blog post, the author recounts the adventure of “Mr. Sato” as he left a train and made his way to a newly opened Bic Camera electronics store in Tokyo. He followed directional signs to the elevators, but at first thought he was lost at the sight of these lifts brilliantly disguised as train car entrances. We’ve seen some clever ideas before, and this one is right up there with the best. So, what do you think would be a cool elevator design?

The elevator cars’ interior design keeps up the illusion.

LIFTEX 2019: Expect More This Year

More than 120 international exhibitors are expected at this year’s LIFTEX.

More exhibitors from more countries and more free seminars than ever before await those who attend LIFTEX 2019, organized by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) at ExCeL London on May 15-16. There will be 120 U.K. and international exhibitors, including 30 attending for the first time. Exhibitors hail from 18 different countries — more international exhibitors than ever. “If your work involves sourcing, specifying and managing the provision of moving equipment, then you can’t afford to miss LIFTEX,” according to LEIA. Allowing attendees to discover the latest products and services, the tradeshow brings together all the best innovations and latest developments across the industry.

Liftex is known as the place to do business and network as the key international destination for manufacturers, suppliers, installers and specifiers of life and elevator products and services

The event boasts thousands of innovative products on show, some of which have never been seen before at a U.K. event, including car and landing doors, compact gearless machines, alarm systems, passenger lifts, home lifts, good lifts and stairlifts.

Access an in-depth preview of LIFTEX 2019 here. Hope to see you there!