Mid-levels Escalator

Mid-levels Escalator, Hong Kong: Hours, Address, Mid-levels Escalator Reviews: 4/5

Mid-levels Escalator
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Taxis & Shuttles
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
800-metre hillside escalator starts from Connaught Road Central, runs to the Hang Seng Bank Building on Des Voeux Road Central, then passes through the Central Market and continues to climb past Hollywood Road to the prime Mid-levels residential district. The longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world.
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 2 min walk
  • Hong Kong • 4 min walk
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J Steiner
Hong Kong, China201 contributions
Commuting to work.
Sep 2020
My main method of commuting to work.

This is the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world I believe. Opened in 1993 and is a convenient way to get from Mid-Levels to Central, rain or shine. Even during a typhoon, you can still go to work. It ends at Conduit Road and you can access the peak trail from there. So convenient.
Written 23 September 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,755 contributions
Bird's Eye View Over Hong Kong
Aug 2020
Finally, renovation works on the Mid-Levels escalator are at an end and you can now travel again from top to bottom, without interruption on the world’s longest outdoor escalator. I think it's a must on a tourist itinerary. The best things are:
i) It is elevated so you get an excellent view from above of Hong Kong’s city streets and markets from Central to the Mid-Levels. It’s worth doing just for this unique birds-eye view. Allow about 20 minutes one way.
ii) Costs nothing – completely free and no need to queue (it can be extremely busy at peak times but it's always a constant flow)
iii) Hong Kong is extremely hilly and this is one way to save your legs. Taxis are cheap and frequent but if you prefer to be and about, walking then the escalator will often be a life-saver
vi) From Central, it's the best way to access the vibrant, lively Soho area (don’t miss). You can step off the escalator right into the middle of the bars and restaurants of Elgin and Staunton Streets
v) You can exit at several other points to access other parts of the city also - Hollywood Rd, the historic Tai Kwun Centre (highly recommend this), shops, cafes and markets along the way
v) It is covered so it is a good activity if you have a rainy day

TIP: This is the most important thing to know about the escalator - it only goes one way at a time. Between 6am -10am it runs downhill into Central, taking commuters into the city. After 10am, it reverses direction and runs uphill for the rest of the day until midnight when it stops altogether.
Written 3 September 2020
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R K L
Seattle, WA2,287 contributions
World's longest outdoor covered escalator system...
Nov 2019
Hong Kong's Central-Mid-levels Escalator is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system. It consists of one-way escalators and moving walkways...downhill in the morning and uphill from mid-morning through the evening. We rode it uphill from the bottom to the top and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However, rather than walk the stairs back down the hill, we actually called an Uber! The system obviously serves as a great means of local transportation but for us was also a very interesting Hong Kong attraction.
Written 12 June 2020
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MountaineerLu
Falling Waters, WV1,462 contributions
Ups and Downs
Jan 2020 • Couples
The mid level escalators are a fun way to get around in hilly Hong Kong. Great views of cool bars and restaurants. However due to poor signage, construction and renovation of the system it is easy to get “lost” and fin yourself off the escalators at various interchanges.
Written 14 March 2020
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,349 contributions
Use it daily
Dec 2019 • Couples
Living on Robinson Road means this escalator is essential getting to central. It saves your knees and gives you a break if you are puffed out from walking around Hong Kong. Head up towards Shelly Street for some nice and somewhat quirky restaurants. Some good street art along the way too. Christmas is very nice as they decorate and light up all the escalators.

Current maintenance work on some of the escalator route is ongoing into 2020.

A free ride and if you use the MTR make sure you tap your octopus card to get a discount from your metro journey. There is a card tapping point near Tai Kwun police/prison museum.
Written 22 December 2019
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Jeff KMc
5 contributions
King of the Escalators!
Nov 2019
One of my favorite things to see in Hong Kong. For one, it is an amazing public transit idea. For two, you get to see a lot of life as your ride it up or down. For three, there are bars and cafe's the whole way!
Written 12 December 2019
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warreng999
Brisbane, Australia334 contributions
Verify that it's working
Nov 2019
I used these 6 years ago and they were great, however they were all shut due to major work being done on them. There weren't any sighs notifying that they were down, It was a long walk for nothing but once they're repaired it's a must see.
Written 7 December 2019
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Babyface J
Fife, UK237 contributions
Smooth Escalator
Nov 2019
Great experience. It’s easily to get off escalator where you want to go rather than take a bus or taxi.
Written 5 December 2019
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RickFLL
Fort Lauderdale, FL390 contributions
A great way of getting around Hong Kong
Nov 2019
What’s nice is that the walkway is above the streets and are covered, so its a quick and easy way to efficiently get around Central Hong Kong.
Written 28 November 2019
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
Cool Experience
Nov 2019 • Couples
The escalator(s) is useful for shipping you up some of the steeper hills on Hong Kong Island, and it's a fun activity riding these long, smooth individual escalators. They are broken up (it's not one long escalator) with points in between to disembark which is useful. When we went, a few sections were under construction so we had to walk; it is a good activity to add to a day of exploring.
Written 22 November 2019
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