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.

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!

A Different Kind of Elevator Museum

A peek at the intimate display; photo by Adrienne Grunwald for The New York Times

Though ELEVATOR WORLD readers may be familiar with museums that preserve elevator history, Alex Kalman’s “Mmuseumm” is a 36-sq.-ft. showroom inside an NYC freight elevator. “That is one-eighteen-thousandth the size of the Met,” The New York Times recently reported. “The only thing that is oversized about it is the name: Mmuseumm, with a couple of extra ‘m’s.'”

As you might expect, Kalman has expansion plans. Though he cannot build a wing onto his museum, he’s looking at another small space down the block: a storefront with a roll-up metal gate.

Be there tonight at Cortlandt Alley in TriBeCa for the opening ceremonies to this year’s season with an eclectic collection. They begin at 7 p.m. sharp, according to the Mmuesumm website.