"Escalator ettiquette in busy places!" Hong Kong Tourist Trap Tip by lindyz
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In Australia I guess it it common for us to stand on the left of an escalator, allowing people to pass us quickly on the right. Well in Hong Kong it is different! And believe me, their escalators are way more busy than any I have ever seen in Australia, so if you dont get it right you will probably get in trouble!!!
If you choose to stand on the escalator and not walk up or down it, you must stand to the right. If you choose to quickly walk up or down the escalator then you do this on the left. And ..... if you happen to accidently get yourself in the left hand lane, then you will be walking up the escalator with the flow of traffic, whether you like it or not!!!! In other words, you will kind of be pushed up the escalator!
I guess with the heavy traffic flow at shopping centres and MTR stations, this system worked very well, apart from the few times we accidentally ended up in the left lane and then lost each other haha!!!
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