The longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world | China

Maybe it’s just our personal curiosity but having a sneak peak at this amazing construction was really necessary.

Photo:Rob Dann

Photo: Rob Dann


With a population estimated in over 7 million people, Hong Kong has developed transport ways to make transit in the city more rapid, efficiency and why not to say attractive.

Placed in one of the most affluent areas of Hong Kong, the central-Mid levels escalator and walkway system was constructed in 1993 to pedestrianising the Western District of the city, helping to spread the traffic of people (estimated in nearly 30 thousand people daily) in several narrow streets in the area.

It consists of 20 escalators that covers 800 meters in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top. The curiosity fact is that it runs downhill from 6am to 10 am and uphill from 10.30am to midnight.

This successful engineering project that cost US$30 million and if according to the researches of the Chinese transport department it haven’t indicate any reduction in traffic congestion, it certainly had become an important tourist spot in Hong Kong.


Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.

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