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Central Mid-Levels Escalators

Central Mid Levels Escalators

Central Mid-Levels Escalators

Hong Kong Island is predominantly composed of steep hills and terrains.  And by this, you need to get creative if you really want to explore the whole place.  The residential area called Mid-levels helped their commuters out by opening the Central Mid-levels Escalators.

Central Mid-levels Escalators System was opened officially in 1993 to provide better commute for visitors and passengers of Central and Western districts of the Hong Kong Island.    Consisting of 20 escalators, connected by footbridges, and 3 moving side-walks, the Central Mid-levels Escalator System is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The escalators are about 800 meters long with uphill ascend of about 135 meters (443 ft.).  The escalators extend from Queen’s Road Central to Conduit Road in the Mid-levels. 

Because of the narrow streets of the Central Mid-levels Escalators, they can only provide one row of escalators.  The escalators run downhill from 6am to 10am, and from 10:30am to midnight the direction is reversed so that the escalators travel uphill. The one way journey takes about 20 minutes in total.

Should you want a bit of an exercise, there are stairs beside it.  It is highly recommended to use the escalator uphill and go further up via minibuses once you get to the top.  Since there are around 14 entrances and exits, you can explore each level where there is a lot going on.

For others, the ride to the top is sufficient and would further explore the place by stairs.  It is steep but since there is so much to see, you wouldn’t mind.  Think of it as an exercise.

Since Central Mid-levels Escalators is a commuter escalator, it also serves tourists, lining up dining, shops and restaurants around. For a visitor, it is a great way to experience oldest market in Hong Kong Central District where it is famous for its antiques and art. This is also where museums and historic buildings are, a bit of a contrast to the usual Hong Kong’s bustling modern city streets. At Central Mid-levels Escalators, you will have absolute fun on such a long escalator.

How about you, have you visited this place already or are having a plan to visit? Please feel free to share your experiences or leave comments.