Shopping 36-44 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China Published on: 06-08-2016
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Chung King Mansions is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Chung King Mansions is special ?
"Chungking Mansions" is the building having about 80 low cost accommodationis (guest houses) located in the center of Hong Kong. It is well-known as having many Indian restaurans and the best rate money changers in Hong Kong
There is nowhere else in the world quite like Chungking Mansions, a dilapidated seventeen-story commercial and residential structure in the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian workers, and traders from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet.
What to explore at Chung King Mansions?
Chungking Mansions features guesthouses, curry restaurants, African bistros, clothing shops, sari stores, and foreign exchange offices. It often acts as a large gathering place for some of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, particularly South Asians (Indians, Nepalese, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans), Middle Eastern people, Nigerians, Europeans, Americans, and many other peoples of the world. Peter Shadbolt of CNN stated that the complex was the "unofficial African quarter of Hong Kong".
- A unique "attraction"
- A lot of halal foods
- Budget Food & Shopping
- Great place to change your currency
- Cheap HK souvenirs
36-44 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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On the one hand, it is pretty much the definition of the word "Run-Down" with enough grime to compensate for the polish and modernity of the rest of Tourist-y Hong Kong. The labyrinthine market downstairs can get intimidating (especially if it looks like you're looking for a room) and the rooms upstairs tend to be little bigger than a middle-class bathroom (and tiled all over like one.) On the other hand, it is at the heart of Kowloon, paces away from the Ferries and the Museums and the Historic Hotels that you'd want to get to immediately upon waking. The guest house I was in was fairly clean, had trustworthy service, and was priced reasonably enough that an aunt paid for my week's stay. Also, the food downstairs - Arabic, Indian, Pakistani and the like - is well worth the heart burn. And given the historic significance of the hotel, it's probably a lot like sleeping in an exhibit about the Kowloon Walled City. So yeah - I definitely recommend a stay at the Chungking Mansions if only for the sheer reality of the experience of it. You will only regret it for a while before you get used to it.
well this is pretty much anything goes in here. had one of the best indian curries I've ever experienced in my life here. It's the sort of place you can pretty much get anything you want. Prepare to be almost pounced on when you exit the MTR to here, you want watch, handbag etc etc.
This building is situated in heart of city centre. Its frequently visited by guests from india, pakistan bangladesh african countries snd south east asia. It has econimical guest house, telephones electronics products and other sundry items at low cost and variety. The salesmsn are majority from india and pakisatn or east asia so language is no problem. It has halal food and near to a local mosque. But remember to get a best bargain.
It's difficult to rate Chung King Mansions since there aren't many places like it to compare it to. It's not just a place for backpackers or seekers of authentic Asian and African food. Those are outgrowths of what it actually is, which is globalization on a micro scale. While your reason to go is to eat exotic food or buy grey market electronics, or get a room for the night, you're a witness to the lives of thousands of people aspiring to a better life far from home. If you take an elevator to upper floors (an elevator serves either even or odd numbered floors, and despite that they're very slow) don't expect much. There are lots of elevators serving various "blocks" which can be confusing and a little claustrophobic. The elevator door may open on a tiny "lobby" with a couple of doors to "guest houses" and nothing else, but there are many many people living behind those doors, short term or long term. Many of these guest houses cater to people of particular nations or cultures, but you can't just go in and wander around. When I was there it looked like some minor repairs and renovations were underway which made it look a bit shabby in places. I have to admit to feeling uncomfortable in the place. I didn't feel in any physical danger, I just felt very far out of my comfort zone. .(And all the hype about Ebola, and Chung King Mansions being a destination for many Africans, didn't help, though it seemed clean enough.). I had only a little time since this was a quick stop between checking out of the hotel and getting the airport shuttle. It's worth more attention than that. Sample the food, explore the Cke mall, and check out the upper levels, but first do a little reading on it to get an idea of where you might want to go and what to expect. There are people from all walks of life, all classes, and all colors, so you won't be conspicuous. (I met a retired officer of the Australian secret intelligence service, for example.) Just keep in mind that for the people there, Chung King Mansions is not an "attraction" but the center of their