Now that we have an el­e­va­tor, I can go down­stairs as many times as I want.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS -

So said a res­i­dent sur­named Feng in Tiantan Dongli, Dongcheng dis­trict, on Mon­day morn­ing, when a newly in­stalled el­e­va­tor be­gan op­er­a­tions in Feng’s build­ing. Eighty-five-yearold Feng has lived on the fourth floor of an old res­i­den­tial build­ing with­out an el­e­va­tor for decades. Built in the late 1980s, a num­ber of lo­cal res­i­dents are in their 60s or older. A ma­jor ob­sta­cle of the el­e­va­tor in­stal­la­tion was that it needed to be ap­proved by ev­ery fam­ily in the build­ing, as those liv­ing in the first and sec­ond floors were wor­ried about noise. Af­ter the lo­cal com­mu­nity com­mit­tee agreed on a small-scale el­e­va­tor with low noises, the com­pound was sat­is­fied and will in­stall more el­e­va­tors in other build­ings. (Source: Bei­jing Evening News)

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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