Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hong Kong Mid Levels escalators

One of the places on my must.visit.list in Hong Kong was the mid levels escalators. It is a famous landmark that is located in the Central district which was merely a few tram stops away from my sister's residence.

It's the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. Built in 1994, the Central Mid Levels escalator spans 800 meters in distance and elevates over 135 meters from bottom to top.

From 6.A.M – 10A.M. the escalator moves downhill so the residents in the mid levels apartments use it to get to work. Then from 10.15 A.M until midnight, it moves upwards. There are a total of 20 escalators, some of the ascents can be very steep. But there are several junctions along the route so you can step away from the moving landmark to take pictures of the sights.

It cuts through the Soho district which is packed with trendy shops, restaurants and bars. It also offers great views of the wet markets, good architecturally designed buildings and at the very top you will see the posh skyscrapers in Mid-Levels, the preferred living quarters for expats and the wealthy Hong Kongers.

It is quite safe to use and it is also well lighted in the evenings. The only hard part is when you have to use the flight of stairs to descend. Yet if you are not really in a hurry, you can control your pace and enjoy the lovely surroundings. What a great way to avoid traffic, ha. Excellent innovation, I'd say! :D


Photo Cache said...

HK has so many attractions. One's vacation there is surely going to be worthwhile.

Daphn3 LaurA said...

Yes very worthwhile, indeed! :D