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Central–Mid-Levels Escalator

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Central–Mid-Levels Escalator Introduction

Address: Central–Mid-Levels Escalator, Hong Kong 中环半山扶梯 (Start: Central Market, End: Conduit Road)
Operating hours: Downwards: 06:00-10:00; Upwards: 10:20-24:00
Tickets: Free

How long to visit the escalator and Central Mid-levels area? 2-3 hours  


The Central–Mid-Levels Escalator in Hong Kong is the longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world, designed to facilitate the commute of residents from the Mid-Levels to the Central business district.

The escalator was built and put into operation in 1993, transporting over 80,000 people daily. The operating hours differ: it runs downward (towards Central) from 06:00 to 10:00 to accommodate residents commuting to work, and upward (towards Mid-Levels) from 10:00 to 00:00 to facilitate tourists and residents returning home.

The starting point of the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator is on Queen's Road Central. It spans approximately 800 meters, beginning from Queen's Road Central and passing through Stanley Street, Wellington Street, and Cochrane Street, ending at Conduit Road. There are multiple exits along the way, allowing passengers to leave at any point.

The areas along the route are rich in history, such as the SOHO district, which is home to numerous art galleries, unique restaurants, and trendy boutiques—making it an ideal spot to experience the local life of Hong Kong. Additionally, there are historical sites nearby, including the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Museum and Tai Kwun. With its unique scenery, the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator has become a classic destination for many visitors to Hong Kong.

This world's longest covered outdoor escalator is not just a means of transportation but also a stunning scenic spot, connecting Central and the Mid-Levels.


Attractions along the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator

Central Market Central Market 中环街市

Reopened in 2021 with a new look, transforming from a community wet market into a creative marketplace featuring cafes, restaurants, gift shops, and cultural boutiques. The iconic vintage clock at Central Market is a great photo spot.

Address: 93 Queen's Road Central & 80 Des Voeux Road Central, Central Transportation: Central MTR Station, Exit E

Central–Mid-Levels Escalator 中环半山扶梯

Built in 1993, the escalator spans 800 meters, connecting Central to Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels. It is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator. There are various shops, cafes, and Western restaurants along the escalator. It was also a filming location for several well-known movies.

Central's Stone Slab Street 中环石板街

Stone Slab Street, formerly known as Pottinger Street, is named after Hong Kong's first governor and is a symbol of Hong Kong’s Street culture. The weathered stone slabs and the old, simple shops on either side tell the history of Hong Kong.

Transportation: Central MTR Station, Exit D, walk 200 meters


Graham Street Graffiti Wall 中环嘉咸街涂鸦墙

The graffiti wall, a popular photo spot even visited by actress Ni Ni, is vibrant and colorful. There are many graffiti artworks in the area; walk towards Shelly Street to find more, along with numerous small coffee roasters.
Address: Junction of 46 Graham Street and 48 Hollywood Road, Central Transportation: Central MTR Station, Exit D2, walk uphill for about 15 minutes

Hollywood Road 中环荷里活道

The walls along Hollywood Road are covered with murals and graffiti, making it feel like an artist's haven. The most famous and representative mural is "Kowloon Walled City" by local artist Alex Croft, depicting the cramped living conditions of past residents of Kowloon Walled City.

Transportation: Central MTR Station, Exit D2, walk about 5 minutes


Tai Kwun 中环大馆

Located in the bustling Central district, Tai Kwun is a complex of red-brick buildings composed of three declared monuments: the former Central Police Station, the Central Magistracy, and the Victoria Prison. After revitalization, it has become one of the city's top art landmarks, often hosting art exhibitions and cultural events. Besides exhibitions, the prison-themed coffee shop is also worth a visit.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island

Transportation: Central MTR Station, take the Mid-Levels Escalator (uphill) to Tai Kwun


Fringe Club 中环艺穗会

The red and white striped building is a great spot for photos, although the area can be crowded, so patience is needed to get a good shot. The Fringe Club hosts various exhibitions and performances throughout the year, so it's worth checking out if you're interested.

Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong Island Transportation: Central MTR Station, Exit D


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