Why you should not miss the mid level escalator in Hong Kong.

If you are in Hong Kong you cannot miss the mid-level escalator or the Hillside Escalator link. This unique journey starts at 100 Queen Road Central and takes you up to Cochrane Street.

History

This escalator opened in 1993 at a cost of HK$245 million, six times the budgeted cost and was built by a French company called CNIM. It covers almost 800 m (2600 feet) and rises to 135 m (443 feet) from bottom to top and connects Hong Kong Islands to Central and Western Districts.

It is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator and is made up of 20 escalators and 3 inclined moving walkways connected by footbridges. There are 14 entrances & exits and it takes about 20 minutes for one way up. You can use it for walking too.

Initially, it did not found favour with the local population as it did not help in decongesting the traffic and it was considered a white elephant. Later, however, as it became popular with tourists the locals also accepted it and now over 55,000 people use it each day. For tourists, it is an excellent opportunity to see the busy streets and old markets of Hong Kong.

Please see the attached video to get a feel of it.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=-902kQpOq5s

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