Deep Thinking

Escalator illustration; Image by Pexels from Pixabay

The designers of Chongqing, China’s subway system were deep thinkers when it came to the Hongtudi station, and commuters there should know: It takes a five-minute ride on six escalators to reach the Line 10 platform, some 308 ft below street level – a depth equivalent to the height of an approximately 31-story building. The Daily Mail reports that when the station opened in 2016 as part of subway system’s Line 6, it was, at 196 ft below ground level, the deepest transit station in China. That record was broken a year later, when the station was connected to Line 10. Why so deep? China’s CCTV says it was necessary to avoid damaging air-raid shelters and the foundations of nearby buildings. While it takes a little time to reach the platform, the escalators likely are the most popular way to go: the alternative is a stairway with 354 steps. To get an idea of what the ride down is like, check out the video.

The Elevator as Farmer’s Market

A neighbor of Jiang Haiyun’s praised her for leaving a bag of peppers in the elevator.

Most people use elevators to go up or down in a building. Some use them to practice a sales pitch. But, for Jiang Haiyun, a doctor in Quzhou, China, her building’s elevator seemed the logical place to share a bounty of fresh chili peppers with her neighbors earlier this month, reports the website Shine.

Jiang Haiyun with a young patient.

Jiang’s parents, who live in the nearby countryside, often bring her seasonal vegetables. It’s been a great year for chili peppers, so during a recent visit they brought her chilis. A lot of chilis — more than she could use. Jiang’s immediate thought was to share them with her neighbors, but didn’t like the idea of knocking on doors. Her solution? Leave a nearly 3.5-lb. bag of peppers in the elevator with a note saying they were free for the taking.

The “taking” didn’t take long. Within 20 minutes, several of her neighbors had snapped up the spicy, pungent delights. They were quick to praise Jiang, with one social media post calling her a “great Chinese neighbor.”

World’s Highest Observation Decks

Earlier this month, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released some fascinating data on the world’s highest observation decks and the history of humanity’s obsession with height. Let’s take a look at the findings.

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