World’s longest outdoor escalator rejuvenates old district

Central Mid-level Escalator is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system, opened in 1993. It runs for over 800m and rises over 135m in elevation, from Queen’s Road Central up to Conduit Road. It was built to ease traffic congestion in the residential Mid-levels district, and comprises 20 escalators and three inclined moving walkways. The system runs downhill from 6am-10am to cater to commuters, and uphill from 10:30am-midnight. It is not only residents who utilise it – it has become a popular tourist attraction as it takes visitors through a historical district and up to the Soho dining and nightlife hub.