I really like these bad boys. Hong Kong also utilizes those moving walkways a lot better than anywhere I’ve ever been. I pretty much could get to my MTR stop by standing still half of the time. It’s amazing. I don’t stand still on those things though. I keep walking. That way it feels like I’m walking super fast, and it feels like I’m some sort of villain walking really fast to do some evil, or makes me think I am some sort of super hero going to go stop some evil-doing villain. Depends on the day I suppose.
According to the ever reliable Wikipedia:
Central-Mid-Levels escalator: in Hong Kong, tens of thousands of commuters travel each work day between Central, the central business district, and the Mid-levels, a residential district hundreds of feet uphill, using this long distance system of escalators and moving walkways. It is the world’s longest outdoor escalator system (not a single escalator span), at a total length of 2,600 feet (790 m). It goes only one way at a time; the direction reverses depending on rush hour traffic direction.
These covered escalators are really impressive. That’s about the only word I can think of. Less impressive is they are not working. The escalators go in one direction, meaning the walking side of the path goes the opposite direction. When they break, that path becomes two-way traffic, with no particular side heading in one direction. No problem though, I just like to refer to the late Mitch Hedberg when I see a non-working escalator.
An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You would never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.