Hong Kong has the world’s longest outdoor escalator system

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Hong Kong (CNN) — Explore the bustling Central Business District Hong Kong It can be quite a challenge on foot.

The region’s rolling hills, combined with subtropical heat and breathtaking humidity, will test the stamina of climbers.

Luckily there is a central mid-level escalator. It is an 800-meter-long chain of moving stairs and walkways that has been dubbed the world’s longest outdoor escalator system.

Building a system of people movers that traverse 13 busy roads on slopes was predictably a difficult task.

The escalator is designed to follow the natural slope of the hillside. A dedicated production line was set up by the escalator manufacturer because most of the slopes’ slopes do not fit the normal standards of the escalator.

Due to the limited space between old and new skyscrapers in Hong Kong, most of the escalators on the link have reversible tracks that change direction “according to the general direction of pedestrian flow during the day”. There is only one.

The network of escalators traveling at about 0.65 meters per second has its own CCTV system with 75 cameras, a PA system with 200 speakers, 4 LED displays and a control room to monitor the system. I have.

But most importantly, it is a congestion-free means of commuting between Central Road and Conduit Road on the Mid-Levels, used by 78,000 pedestrians daily. And it’s free.

See Hong Kong’s dramatic skyline as you meander through the narrow streets of the city’s busiest district. Daipai Don From small alley stalls to the trendiest bars in the mid-levels, from colorful old promenades to sleek modern skyscrapers.

Here are some highlights you’ll find as you hop on and off the escalator system.

Famous Movie Scenes: “Chongqing Express” and “The Dark Knight”

The section of Travelator closest to Hollywood Road played a key role in famous director Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 romantic classic The Chungking Express.

Once on the escalator, Faye (the female protagonist played by Faye Wong) crouches down to look into Cop 663’s apartment, played by Tony Leung, which stands right next to the escalator.

Not far from where Wong spied on Leon, Christopher Nolan shot some scenes for the 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Top traditional Kant eateries

Tai Chung Bakery skyrocketed after former British Governor Chris Patten confessed to being a fan.

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Many of the city’s most legendary old-fashioned eateries are located along the central mid-level escalator system.

Lan Feng Yuen (2 Gage St., Central) still making Cantonese milk tea worth the queue. Getting a wooden stool here is a bonus. Only three of him are available in an incredibly small space. Behind the stall is a larger indoor space.

Wontons at Mak’s Noodle (77 Wellington Street, Central), Yat Lok roast goose (34-38 Stanley Street, Central) When tai chung bakery Cookie dough egg tart (35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central).

A taste of the ‘new’ Hong Kong

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Cool down at the same time while enjoying Cantonese milk tea.

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Sit under the escalator along Cochrane Street, XTC (45B, Cochrane Street, Central) is a homemade gelato brand that features a full-bodied Cantonese milk tea flavored gelato.
Meanwhile, with the chef Arkhan Chan A longtime favorite, Ho Lee Fook (3-5 Elgin Street) has had a major menu overhaul.
The restaurant serves traditional Cantonese cuisine. wokhey and fresh local ingredients. The playful atmosphere of a bar and the wall of beckoning cats waving at the entrance remain the same.

Hong Kong’s finest cheongsam

Linva's cheongsam was worn by Maggie Cheung. "In the mood for love."

Linva’s cheongsam was worn by Maggie Cheung in “In The Mood For Love”.

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Near the start of the escalator system is one of the oldest. China dress Workshop in the town of Limba (38 Cochrane St., Central).
Founded in 1966, Limba Also in Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love,” she really came into the spotlight after tailoring several figure-hugging cheongsams for Maggie Cheung.

A contemporary take on the traditional Chinese dress, GOD Goods of Desire (48 Hollywood Road) sells bold, locally-inspired designs that make great souvenirs. Yan Shang Kee Qipao (4 Wing Lee Street) offers affordable cheongsam rental service.

Easy access to Hong Kong’s best bars

The escalator system could be a lifesaver for floppy-heeled party-goers hitting the bars and clubs near Soho, up the hill from Central.

A small bar down a flight of stairs in an unassuming alleyway, The Old Man (37-39 Aberdeen Street) has been crowned #1 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 list. If a 3 minute walk is too far, penicillin (23 Hollywood Road) is Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar, a new venture from the same founders as Old Man, located right under the escalator.

If you want your watering hole to have a theme, Behind Bars (G/FE Hall, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road) is a cocktail bar housed in a former prison cell in historic Odate Centre.

Quench your thirst the traditional way

Good Spring Company offers three types of herbal teas, hot or iced.

Good Spring Company offers three types of herbal teas, hot or iced.

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Instead of lemonade, locals prefer to stay hydrated with a detoxifying and immune-boosting herbal tea to go.

Good Spring Company (8 Cochrane St., Central), a traditional Chinese medicine clinic with herbal tea counters along the street, is popular with office workers nearby. He sells drinks like Sweet Flower Tea and 24 Flavors Tea for about $1 a cup.

Kang Lee (60 Hollywood Road, Central) is famous for its thirst-quenching sugarcane juice.

Take a closer look at Hong Kong’s historic buildings

PMQ is a revitalized historic building dedicated to design in Hong Kong’s bustling financial district.

An escalator system offers elevated views of historic buildings such as the Central Market and the Central Police Station. Both are still under renovation.

Three declared monuments, the former Central Police Station (10 Hollywood Road, Central) is being redeveloped into a contemporary arts and culture destination called Odate Center.
PMQ and Sun Yat-sen Museum (7 Castle Road, Central) — it’s a short walk from the escalator, so it’s worth the detour.

PMQ (Former Marriage Police Station) is a historic site that has been transformed into a creative center full of local art and design.

houses an exhibition of Sun Yat-sen, Kom Tong Hall It’s a charm in itself. The Edwardian mansion is he one of Hong Kong’s few well-preserved buildings from the early 1900s.

Other practical information

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Escalator downhill in the morning, uphill after 10am

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The Central Mid-Levels escalator officially begins at De Vou Road Central, but the easiest way to start your journey is via the pedestrian bridge that connects the IFC, a financial and shopping complex above Hong Kong Station.

On average, it takes about 20 minutes to bike from end to end. The escalator runs downhill from 6am to 10am and uphill from 10am to midnight.

As for Hong Kong itself, the city is open fully vaccinated travelers However, travelers from certain countries must pre-book a three-day stay in a quarantine hotel and prove a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure. . Details of entry requirements can be found on the official website. Hong Kong government website.

This feature and video were first published in 2017. The article has been updated and republished in September 2022.

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