I have always been curious about the mid-levels escalators in Central, Hong Kong. Reviews about it mentioned that it was nothing special, and should be skipped if it is your first time to Hong Kong, or if you only have limited time. Fil and I decided to explore it the day after our Macau Tour. Our first plan that morning was to go to IFC Mall, and dine at Tim Ho Wan. However, the line was very long, and we were unwilling to wait.
Both of us were hungry at that time, no food in our stomachs yet except for our daily dose of Berocca. We looked for a decent place to eat, but we couldn’t agree on anything. Low on energy and patience, we stormed out of IFC, misreading the directions to the mid-levels escalators and eventually we got lost.
After asking around, we were told to turn around, and go back to IFC Mall. Eventually, we found our way to the start of the mid-levels escalators, via Central Oasis.
The Mid-Levels Escalators is a series of indoor escalators designed for locals, helping them “commute” to their work at no cost. Going thru the escalators from start to end without going down the streets midway will take around 20minutes.
This was the first stop.
At the first stop, we went down to hunt for food. The first restaurant we saw was decent, but after sitting for a few minutes and looking at their menu, Fil wanted to go out and look for another restaurant. I followed him out, irritated with his choice. We went across and found another restaurant, and this time he wanted me to make a decision whether to dine there or go back to where we were. I refused to decide, and walked straight ahead, in full drama mode.
It was a far walk, in my opinion, until we saw this — And I told him this was where pexters were recommending us to eat!
For details about that special restaurant, please read this.
After eating a hearty lunch in one of the oldest Hong Kong Restaurants, we are back in the game again. We explored the neighborhood streets, where locals went about their daily businesses.
We explored Hollywood Road and I got a chance to browse through artistic shops.
We tried a local herbal jelly concoction made from turtle, and refreshing sugar cane juice.
Across the herbal jelly store was a vintage store that sells second hand designer bags, among others.
We passed through Soho (South of Hollywood Rd), and saw tons of foreigners chilling in cafes.
We, of course, stopped by the area where Dr. Jose Rizal supposedly lived in.
Across Rednaxela Terrace was Jamia Mosque, the first mosque built in Hong Kong.
We enjoyed going thru their residence area, when suddenly everything was quiet and serene. What a nice area to live in!
And upon reaching the top, the end of the mid-levels escalator, there was a bus stop. You can take the green mini bus back to the MRT station.
We tried to wait for the bus to arrive, but it was always full (around 5pm). We had a fun time watching cars passed by. After a while, Fil and I opted to take the cab to Causeway Bay instead.
We had fun with our mid-levels tour. We arrived at Central around 12noon, and left for Causeway around 5pm. It was very organic – we explored the busy streets, ate delicious food, interacted with locals, and had a taste of the Hong Kong culture and way of life.
Special mention to this site, http://hongkongextras.com/_midlevels_escalators.html — it was a big help for our planning and research.