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Mid-Levels Escalator, Central

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This is a unique collection of escalators and walkways through Hong Kong's Central district on Hong Kong Island. The Mid-Levels Escalator is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world!

 

The system, covers over 800-metres in distance, and elevates 135-metres through the streets of a steep hillside, providing a better commute by linking nearby hilly areas within Central District.

Officially opened on 15 October 1993, the system is not a single continuous escalator, rather a series of 20 escalators and 3 inclined moving walkways connected in places by footbridges.

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Image source: Wikipedia

 

With 14 entrances and exits, it links Queen’s Road Central with Conduit Road, passing through narrow streets and carries more than 85,000 people on a daily basis.

To ride the complete length of the escalator system one-way takes about 20-25 minutes.

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Click here to try a sample itinerary to walk around Central in Hong Kong, including a ride on the Mid-Levels-Escalator.

Or read this CNN article “See Hilly Hong Kong on Escalator that Sets Records” . Don’t forget to watch the video to experience it yourself before you ride the real thing next time in Hong Kong.