Faux Graffiti Alley?

I ran into a friend on The Escalator the other day, and he mentioned a project he was working on that was creating an alley (on canvas) that would look as if it had been tagged over many years. He invited me to come check it out. When I got to the alley, there was no one there, but I did manage to get a shot of one of the layers. The next day when I passed the same site, it was all gone. The funny thing is that it was done right across the street from a prison. I wonder if they had any static?

The reason that I capitalized The Escalator is that it is a particularly unique feature of Hong Kong’s Central neighborhood. It is actually the longest escalator system in the world! Running over 800 meters (more than 2,600 feet,) I travel on sections of it nearly every day. It scoots up through Central and goes through several sub-neighborhoods such as Soho and Mid-Levels. According to the figures I’ve found, more than 45,000 people take it each day! It runs in only one direction at once. From 6:00 am it goes downward, making a nice commute from the residential neighborhoods in Central, down to the major office areas. From 10:30 am until midnight it goes up, allowing you to move up through Hong Kong’s steep hills in luxury!

One leg of the escalator system


  • Amazing. Where is it? you can just jump on as if taking a bus or a train? Is ir in hte street, I mean, can you see daylight or is it lika a subway?

  • Hi Caro,

    It’s an open-air escalator, with a roof that makes it partially enclosed. It runs from the IFC shopping mall in Central, all the way up steep hills, and passes through a few small neighborhoods before reaching the end at the Mid-Levels neighborhood above Central. It’s free, and runs from I believe around 6am til midnight. It was also featured in Wong Kar Wai’s film, Chung King Express! (The same director who made Happy Together.)

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