Among Hong Kong’s many accolades — including being a global hub for both finance and street food — one is responsible for moving you about the commercial district with ease, and we’re not talking about tuk-tuks, motorbikes, or even Uber. This Special Administrative Region off the Chinese coast is home to the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system. Stretching over 800 meters, or about a half mile, and gaining 135 meters in elevation, the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator system carries more than 85,000 people on its 18 escalators and three inclined travelators every day.
This byway is among the most unique charms of the city, home to incredible food and plenty of shopping. The system moves enough interesting characters that keeping focused on the task at hand (riding — and successfully exiting — an escalator without a stumble) is often a tall task in itself. Here’s everything you need to know about the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, and what to see and do along the way.