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Central Mid-levels Escalator System

 Hong Kong Attractions

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Introduction to Central Mid-levels Escalator System (中环至半山自动扶梯系统)

Known as the world’s longest outdoor escalator system, Central Mid-levels Escalator System is not just an ordinary escalator but a cultural microcosm of Hong Kong’s daily life. The Escalator System actually consists of 20 escalators and three one-way travelators.

From Monday to Saturday, the escalators run downhill from 6:00AM to 10:00AM for morning rush while running uphill after 10:00AM. And during Hong Kong public holidays and on Sundays, the Escalator System only provides uphill services. But it is still easty to get back down because one can walk along the stairs next to the escalator or take minibus No.3 back to the Central. The Escalator System has brought a lot of convenience for the people living around. Though most of people who drove or took taxis to work have’t changed their habits, commuters who previouly took public transports have been switched to the escalator.

With a length of 800 meters, the escalators connect Hong Kong’s Central and Western business districts with the upscale residential streets of the Mid-levels, from Queen’Road to Conduit Road. There are over a dozen entry and exit points and rest areas between the long walkway. Along the path, there are many Chinese and western restaurants and bars including local stores, making it a popular attraction for Hong Kong people and visiors to enjoy nightlife and entertainment. Travelers can also hop on and off along the way to visit hot spots nearby including Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, SoHo, Hollywood Road for antiques and so on.

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From Mid-levels to Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

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Main Sights

Mid-levels Escalator System, SoHo, Queen’ Road, Conduit Road

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Travel Information

Admission for Central Mid-levels Escalator System: free

Opening Hours:

From Monday to Saturday: 6:00AM - 10:00AM (downhill), 10:00AM - 12:00PM (uphill).

During Hong Kong public holidays and on Sundays, the Escalator System only provides uphill services.

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1. Visitors can take MTR and then get off at Central stop, then go out from Exit C. Then turn left in the Cleverly Street, then walk straight along the street for about 10 minutes to the Escalator.

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Travel Tips 

1. Recommended duration for a visit is about 1 day.

2. Please pay attention to the escalator etiquette in Hong Kong that standing on the right and walking on the left.

3. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. Because at that time, the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.

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Central Mid-levels Escalator System

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