"Mid-Levels Escalator" Hong Kong Things to Do Tip by cjg1

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The mid-levels escalator is a little misleading in its boast. They claim to be the world?s largest outdoor escalator. And it is. But it is not one escalator. It is a long combination of many. That said at over 800 meters in total length it is something I have done both trips and have a hunch I will when I return again.

Although they officially start at Des Voeux Road I have always gotten on at Queens Road. You will ride from there across many escalators and a few moving walkways while ascending all the way up to Conduit in the Mid-Levels. The first non smoking bar in Hong Kong used to be under here. But it seems it did not survive. An Irish place that went non smoking when Ireland did in 2004. When I came back on this trip it was gone. We looked and looked. But instead there are many good places to grab a drink or a snack or lunch along the route. It has become a tourist site in its own right so the places along it can be a little touristy. But go on in. Have a drink. Enjoy the experience.

They are free to everyone and now carry twice the number of people per day than they were planned for. Only in operation since the early 90s this is quite impressive and a bit worrying. How do they expand?

Running down hill from 6am to 10am they then close and turn upward from 1030am to midnight. So make SURE you time it to where you get the benefit of going the direction you need. There are stairs alongside of it. But you really won?t want to climb them the whole of the way. The elevation gain is over 130 meters in this 800 meter run.

Address: Des Veoux Road to Conduit Road

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  • Written Jan 17, 2007
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