The World’s Longest Escalator Is By Far The Best Way To Commute To Work
I think all of us would hate our jobs a little less if we were to subtract the rush hour commute from the equation.
I know I would.
Not in Hong Kong though, because if I could take the longest outdoor covered escalator in the world to work everyday, I wouldn’t be complaining.
Especially in the rains.
Look at it. It’s like magic.
Officially opened on 15th October 1993, the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator covers over 800 meters in distance, and elevates 135 metres through the streets of a steep hillside.
Linking Queen’s Road Central with Conduit Road, it’s about a 20 to 25 minute ride one-way, and thousands of people use it to commute daily.
The best part? It’s absolutely free!
The system is not a single continuous escalator, but a series of 20 escalators and 3 inclined moving walkways connected in places by footbridges.
It runs downhill from 6 to 10 a.m. and uphill from 10 a.m. to midnight.
Apart from being a congestion-free alternative to get to work, it’s actually a great way to tour Hong Kong’s dramatic cityscape and boasts its own unique micro-culture.
Some of the city’s most legendary old-school eateries can be found along the escalator, and you can take in the sights as you sample Hong Kong’s best eats on the go.
Offering easy access to Hong Kong’s trendiest bars and clubs, it’s also a lifesaver for high heel-wearing party-goers; and there are even “rest areas” in between the long walkways!
Hong Kong is hilly and exploring the place on foot can be quite the challenge.
The escalator has 14 conveniently located entry and exit points, and takes the effort out of the ascent.
I can’t wait to ride it the next time I’m in Hong Kong!
Maybe it’ll take me to places that I may never see otherwise.
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