6 days in Hong Kong - 4/9/13 -4/14/13

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Lunch @ Yung Kee Mid levels escalators Open Market Financial district Star ferry

Day 2 - Mid-levels escalators

For professionals, Mid-levels area is Hong Kong’s most popular neighborhood, located on the north side of the island and about halfway up the hill from Victoria Harbor. Mid-levels is convenient to all first-class amenities such as restaurants, shopping, international schools, hospitals, etc. Beside good public transportation, the area boasts the landmark, half-mile long Mid-levels Escalator, which carries residents up the mountain in the evening – and down in the morning.

The Central–Mid-levels escalators in Hong Kong are the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The entire system covers a distance of over 800 meters (2,600 ft) long with a vertical climb of 135 meters (443 ft). 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 moving side-walks. Listed in the Guinness World Records for the longest outdoor covered elevator system in the world.

The Mid-Levels Escalators are a series of escalators going from Des Voeux Road in Central up to Conduit Road of the Mid-Levels (the mid section of the hill on Hong Kong Island).

One of many entrances, this one is the Elgin Street entrance.



Here we are starting the climb on the 1st level, view of the street below.  


The escalator daily runs downhill from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and uphill from 10:30am to midnight.

During peak hours it is full of people.  We took the elevator after lunch so traffic was very light as people are still at work.


 Apart from serving as a method of transporting, it is also a tourist attraction and has restaurants, bars, and shops lining its route. There is an entrance and exit on each road it passes, often on both sides of the road.

The total travel time is twenty minutes, but most people walk while the escalator moves to shorten their trip.

It just goes up and up and up!

We reached the top and now it is time to go down.



Man Mo Temple is a temple for the worship of the civil or literature god Man Tai /Man Cheong and the martial god Mo Tai /Kwan Tai. The two gods were popularly patronized by scholars and students seeking progress in their study or ranking in the civil examinations in the Ming and Qing dynasties.


The largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong, It was built in 184,7 is located at Nos. 124-126 Hollywood Road, in Sheung Wan. 

The temple was selected as a Grade l historic building in 1993 meaning it got outstanding merits that effort should be made to preserve if possible.

 It is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily.

History of Man Mo temple.

The entrance of the temple.

2 Sedans chairs for carrying statues of the god "Man"& "Mo" whenever there is a parade.


During the 1900s, it is said that locals came here to solve disputes that could not be solved by British law. The process of finding an equitable solution involved the legal system of the Qing Dynasty, which stated that both plaintiff and defendant should make a promise in the temple and write it - along with a curse or punishment - on a piece of yellow paper. They then killed a chicken, chopped off its head, let its blood drip onto the paper, and burned the paper. It was believed that because the promise was made before the gods, if the individual broke the promise they would suffer the indicated punishment. Many Chinese

preferred this justice system to the British system.


Unbelievable giant incense spirals.

While Man Mo Temple is no longer used for settling disputes, believers come here for a number of other reasons. Devotees burn huge bell-shaped coils of incense that hang from the temple's ceiling in hopes of attracting the attention of the gods. Some also believe the incense is food for the "spirits" that have gone before.



The place is very small and the fume and smoke of the incense is overwhelming.  It is almost feel like you are suffocating.. time to go....

Not sure the of meanings of the lanterns but each one has a red tag with Chinese characters written on them.

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