First opened to the public in October 1993, the Mid-Levels Escalators System is a series of 20 escalators and 3 inclined moving walkways which link areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island and provide Hong Kongers an easy commute within the area's steep and hilly terrain. Dubbed as the world's longest outdoor covered escalator system, it stretches over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top.
The escalators are connected by footbridges and have 14 entrance and exit points. A complete one-way ride of the escalator system takes about 20 minutes. The use of the escalator system is free of charge. The entire system took two-and-a-half years to construct and cost more than HKD205 million to build.
The Mid-Levels Escalators starts from Queen's Road Central, runs to the Hang Seng Bank Building on Des Voeux Road Central, then passes through the Central Market and continues to climb past Hollywood Road to the prime Mid-levels residential district. It provide commuters, consisted of residents, office employees and tourists, a quick and comfortable means of transportation within the districts.
Aside from serving as a means of transportation, the Mid-Levels Escalator is also a tourist attraction and has restaurants, bars, and shops lining its route. Be informed that the escalator system operates downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight. Commuters who need to go to the opposite direction may use the stairs along the side.