Mid-Levels Escalators

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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.

our daily dose of berocca

our daily dose of berocca

quick MTR ride from TST to Central (but long walk from train to the exit)

quick MTR ride from TST to Central (but long walk from train to the exit)

when we got to IFC Mall, we were told to go back down again

when we got to IFC Mall, we were told to go back down again

follow the signs...

follow the signs to airport express…

long line for both dine in and take out customers

long line for both dine in and take out customers

no room for us!

no room for us!

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.

sign said left, and we went straight (because the door was at the left side of the sign)

sign said left, and we went straight (because the door was at the left side of the sign)

walk to HK-Macau Ferry Terminal

walk to HK-Macau Ferry Terminal

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.

central oasis, indoor artsy walkway from IFC to mid-levels escalators.

Central Oasis, indoor artsy walkway from IFC to mid-levels escalators.

It was very hot and humid inside the walkway, but there were still people hanging around. Birds occasionally flew in.

It was very hot and humid inside the walkway, but there were still people hanging around. Birds occasionally flew in.

creative, huh!

creative, huh!

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Finally, here we go! (Note that the elevators go uphill from 10am to midnight, and down hill before 10am)

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.

pocket garden below the escalators

pocket garden below the escalators

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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.

first restaurant

first restaurant

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!

entrance to the busy restaurant

entrance to the busy Lin Heung Tea House

distance of Lin Heung Tea House from the mid-levels escalators

distance of Lin Heung Tea House from the mid-levels escalators

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.

stores selling paper clothes during ghost month

stores selling paper clothes during ghost month

other paper items to be burned during ghost month

other paper items to be burned during ghost month

Buddhists who don't have time to fold your own can simply buy from the stores by sack.

Buddhists who don’t have time to fold your own can simply buy from the stores by sack.

fresh century egg

fresh century egg

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streets you can explore from the mid-levels escalators

streets you can explore from the mid-levels escalators

If you use the mid-levels escalator everyday, you can save 2HKD by tapping your card here. They will give you discount when you ride the MTR from Central. I saw locals owning several octopus cards, tapping them happily as they pass.

If you use the mid-levels escalators everyday, you can save 2HKD by tapping your card here. They will give you discount when you ride the MTR from Central. I saw locals owning several octopus cards, tapping them happily as they pass.

We explored Hollywood Road and I got a chance to browse through artistic shops.

we tried to look for the Cat Street

we tried to look for the Cat Street

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I purchased several items that can be used for my work in the events industry. brands botique

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this item reminded us of Mori Notes :)

this item reminded us of Mori Notes 🙂

price of a designer table mat

price of a designer table mat

one of the intriguing cafes along Hollywood Rd.

one of the intriguing cafes along Hollywood Rd.

We tried a local herbal jelly concoction made from turtle, and refreshing sugar cane juice.

 

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Across the herbal jelly store was a vintage store that sells second hand designer bags, among others.

vintage hk vintage hk

Across the herbal jelly store is a vintage store that sells second hand designer bags, among others.

vintage hk

We passed through Soho (South of Hollywood Rd), and saw tons of foreigners chilling in cafes.

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We, of course, stopped by the area where Dr. Jose Rizal supposedly lived in.

Rednaxela Terrace Rednaxela Terrace

if only we can afford it…

Across Rednaxela Terrace was Jamia Mosque, the first mosque built in Hong Kong.

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We enjoyed going thru their residence area, when suddenly everything was quiet and serene. What a nice area to live in!

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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.

end of mid-levels escalators

end of mid-levels escalators

bus stop is only a few meters away from the end of the mid-levels escalators.

bus stop is only a few meters away from the end of the mid-levels escalators.

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.

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