Did you know that the Mid-Level Escalator in Hong Kong is the longest covered escalator system in the world? According to the Wikipedia, “The entire system covers over 800 metres (2,600 ft) in distance and elevates over 135 metres (443 ft) from bottom to top. It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking areas within the Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island. It consists of twenty escalators and three inclined moving walkways. ” It could take you an approximately 20 minutes to got the uphill. And we’ve been there from the bottom to top of its line up during our 2014 6-Days tour in HongKong.
We learned this place from one of Biyahe ni Drew’s Hong Kong episodes in YouTube. We got intrigued because it’s holding the badge of being the longest outdoor escalator system in the world and we want our footprints there. We went there at the noon of Valentine’s Day.
There’s not much you can do in the the Victoria Mid-level Escalator since it was built to provide a better way for commuters between Central and Western District. But you will definitely see a lot of things (left and right) at least in the first few hundred meters from the Central area. There are hundreds to thousands (I think) of professionals, locals and tourists walking here and there, restaurants in the streets jam packed by workers having lunch and an endless row of establishments selling various goods. At a much higher level until you reach the top, you’ll start seeing few people and more residential areas. There, we met more OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) who are working as domestic helpers.
The Mid-level Escalators has different entrances and we started our journey from the lower entrance at the Queen’s Road Central.
I realized that we have more videos than photos taken in this place so I can only share you a few which are below.
Some random tips and facts about this tourist attraction:
1. No Money Changers. We did not find any money changers going up so we were not able to have lunch. That left us hungry until 3 P.M. ha ha ha.
2. Plan Your Trip. Mid Levels Escalators operates downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight so make sure to plan your trip there.
3. Going back. If you don’t want to return to where you started using the stairs, ride the bus #6 going to Central and hop off in the Peddler’s MTR station, the nearest one if you would like to take it.
4. Entrance Fee: none
5. Date: February 14, 2014
6. Traveled as a couple
7. Address: Central-Mid-Levels Escalator System, Soho Hong Kong
I find this post of Suzy Strutner from The Huffington Post so I decided to share it with you guys, my fellow travelers. If this data is still true as of this writing, then this is really a big help!
Here’s an excerpt of the post.
Finally, there’s a scientific answer to that magic number of days before a flight when tickets are at their cheapest.
The answer? Are you ready? Are you reeeally ready?
Fifty-four days before takeoff is, on average, when domestic airline tickets are at their absolute lowest price. And if you don’t hit 54 days on the head, you should usually book between 104 to 29 days before your trip — within the “prime booking window” — for the lowest possible prices. In this window, ticket prices typically hover within $10 of the lowest price they’ll ever reach.
At least that’s what the data from 2013 tells us.
Read more here.
Many people ask us, why do you always go to HongKong every first quarter of the year? Our answer is simple, “we fell in love with the place”. This is our 4th time in HongKong and 3rd time in Macau. For us, these two places are by far, our most favorite get away during the winter season.
While HongKong is considered as one of the most expensive cities to explore, we always make sure that we spare money and time to visit it every winter since we first experience it in 2009. It was also our first destination abroad. We felt like it’s “bitin” so we decided to comeback after a year and this time, on our own foot. We again enjoyed roaming around the city and decided to feel its inviting weather again, the following year. Last year was an exception, we were not able to go (though tickets and hotel are already paid) due to some health reasons. This year, we made sure that nothing will hindrance us to come back. Despite of the issues related to the announcement of visa requirement (good to know that its for Philippine officials only), we still pursued this yearly tradition.
Okay! So much for the introduction. I would like to end this post with our itinerary which I would like to tackle in my future posts. We were not able to complete our list due to time factors. However, I would like to call this trip as the “The Other Side of HongKong Tour” because we went to places that are not usually included in the packages that being offered here in the Philippines. And the best thing is that most of the places we’ve been to are FREE!
1. Central Mid Level Escalators — no entrance fee!
2. Hong Kong Park — no entrance fee!
3. Harbour Cruise Bauhinia/ Symphony of Lights Dinner Buffet on Valentines Day
4. Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden — no entrance fee!
5. Kowloon Park — no entrance fee!
6. Cheung Chau Island — no entrance fee!
7. Ngong Ping 360 to Tai O Fishing Village — no entrance fee!
8. CityGate Shopping
9. Macau Tour
10. HongKong Heritage Museum — no entrance fee!
We also went to Mongkok and Ladies Market in Tsim Tsat Tsui on our first night to buy a new pair of boots!
Hotel: Best Western Harbour booked via Agoda
Itinerary: We prepared it ourselves
Airline: Philippine Airlines
Date: February 13-18 2014 (5N/6D)
Please watch out for my new HongKong articles soon!