Attraction Connaught Road, Central and West Distict, Hong Kong, China Published on: 01-08-2016
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Why Mid-levels Escalator is special ?
In one of Hong Kong's smartest residential area called Mid-levels, the public is served by an unusual form of transport - the longest outdoor escalator system in the world. The Central-Mid-Levels escalator system covers over 800 meters in distance and elevates approximately 135 meters from bottom to top. It consists of 20 escalators and 3 moving walkways, connected in places by footbridges and with 14 entrances and exits. To ride the complete length of the escalator system one-way takes about 20 minutes. The trip can be shortened if you walk while the escalator is moving, which most people do. Due to the geography of the area, the same distance is equivalent to several miles of zigzagging roads if travelled by car. Opened in 1993, the Hong Kong Central-Mid-Levels escalator now carries more than 55,000 people each day.
What to explore at Mid-levels Escalator?
For visitors, a journey on the escalators offers an excellent opportunity to explore the busy, bustling streets of Central Hong Kong packed with restaurants, bars and shops, as well as the old market district with museums and historic buildings.
The escalator is Hong Kong’s very own piece of Futurama, elevated above street level and covered; it allows the transportation of workers from their beds to their desks and back again. This is Hog Kong at its most modern and efficient. From 6.A.M – 10A.M. the escalator moves downhill and then uphill from 10.15A.M.-12A.M. The complete system of several escalators runs for 800m and climbs a total of 135 meters, some of the ascents can be very steep.
On the way up you’ll cut through the booming Soho district, packed with restaurants and bars. During the evening, the escalator buzzes with couples and groups wining and dining. The escalator reaches three stories at points and offers great views down into onto the wet markets and dai pai dongs below.
At the end of the line you’ll also get to see the jungle of housing skyscrapers in Mid-Levels, the preferred living quarters for expats. There are several junctions along the route meaning you can stop and take a few snaps of the sights below.The escalator runs from Des Voeux Road, Central to Conduit Road in Mid Levels.
There are several entrances and exits throughout Soho and NoHo. The system is free and takes around 25 minutes one-way. Be sure to keep to the right, as time hungry Hong Kongers have little patience with meandering tourists.
How to get to Mid-levels Escalator?
The escalator system starts alongside 100 Queens Road Central at its junction with Cochrane Street. It can be accessed either by escalator at the side of the main entrance to 100 Queen’s Road Central or by steps from Cochrane Street leading up to the footbridge across Queen’s Road Central. The escalators can also be accessed via the elevated walkway system which leads from Level 1 exit of One IFC/IFC Mall over Connaught Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central and through Central Market arcade to Queen’s Road Central.
- The longest escalator ride
- Bizarre and brilliant
- Amazing number of escalators up the hill
- Unique view of the city
- Unbelievable Fun at No Cost
Connaught Road, Central and West Distict, Hong Kong, China
Tips for you
It takes 20 minutes to complete the journey on this 800-meter-long escalator, but it goes in only one direction -- down in the morning and up in the evening.
I went to the escalator early on my last trip -- I was at the bottom and it was traveling down. It goes down until 10:15-ish and then goes up.It's unique -- I don't know of anything like it in other major cities. I went up most of the way and then came back down via steps right next to it to Hollywood Road, and then down Hollywood Road to see the shops and then go to the Man Mo Temple.
It is very handy if you take it with the right direction. Since I was living at the mid level area, I have to go through it almost everyday if I don't take cab. However, I went back very late and the escalator has already closed, so I have to climb all the stairs up. But actually, it is not as tiring as I thought! Just consider it as exercise! It is a pretty cool experience!Y
Interesting series of escalators and moving walkways. When you get to the top, turn right and a few metres away there is a bus stop where you can get the green minibus to take you back down to Central (pay with your Octopus card).