Neatly embedded in the bustling tourist district

How to Know Hong Kong and Macau

Neatly embedded in the bustling tourist district of the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong, the Chungking Mansions offer 17 floors of cheap guesthouses and small businesses run by people from all over the world. Though a quick walk by the entrance of the seemingly non-descript building could lead to a visitor completely missing the site, entering the buildings reveals a system of people and businesses that has been dubbed “The Ghetto at the Center of the World” by scholar Gordon Mathews. Through exploring the history of the mansions, the people who perpetuate its existence, the cultural identity of the mansions, and the perception of the mansions both locally and internationally, it becomes apparent that the mansions are not just a hub of low priced electronics and inexpensive beds for travellers, but rather an enclave of questions surrounding prevalent ideas of globalization, immigration policy, and cultural mixture and imagination.

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