The charm of Chungking Mansions
It’s Saturday evening. The area is chock-a-bloc with tourists and backpackers, shoppers and casual visitors. The tide of traffic at Tsim Tsa Tsui runs thick and fast. But in the hustle and bustle of the weekend crowd, one can hardly miss an essential character of the place—its vitality and vibrancy.
Welcome to Chungking Mansions at 32-44 Nathan Road in Hong Kong.
As one steps into the building’s ground floor, one will be fortunate enough if he is not mobbed by one of the overzealous touts offering bargain price for hotel accommodation. All the hotels housed in the building have touts to lure customers.
With its heady mix of workers from the Indian sub-continent, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and holiday-makers, the 17-storey building with its neighborhood is one of the most culturally diverse locations in Hong Kong. Chungking Mansions had been elected as the “Best example of Globalization in Action” by Time in its annual feature The Best of Asia.
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