Leisure & Culture #81

Around PMQ: World’s longest outdoor covered escalator system

Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System

Written & Photos by PMQ Life
Translated by Wendy Yiu

Location: Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System

There are many ways to get to PMQ for example taking Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System. Get on the escalator at Queen's Road, passing Hollywood Road or Staunton Street in the middle, to Soho then PMQ - it does save effort and time and there is no need to worry about traffic conditions.

When the escalator becomes an everyday tool, sometimes we will forget its value. Built in 1993, Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System is the longest outdoor pedestrian elevator in the world, with a total length of 800 meters. It used to be the location of many movies, the most classic should be "Chongking Express" and "Batman". SoHo area on Shelley Street is also popular to tourists.

From a visual point of view, there is a lot of graffiti on Shelley Street, one of which was actually created by Katori Shingo, a former member of the Japanese band SMAP. If take a breath, you can smell aromas from restaurants and bakeries along the road. If you smell the aroma of curry with spices, then you arrive at Mosque Street full of Indian restaurants. Next to it is the oldest Muslim temple in Hong Kong, which is listed as a Grade 1 historic building at the beginning of 2022.

Looking out from the escalator, you can see from Queen's Road Central , the busy Graham Market, and then Shelley Street to Soho. You are now very close to the end of the escalator: Conduit Road. On the both sides of the road, there are residential buildings, escalator bridges connecting supermarkets and parks. After getting on the escalator, within 30 minutes, you can see the mini landscape of Central.

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