Out the front of Chung King Mansions. Bright, brash and gaudy. The faux jade tile of the actual Chungking Mansions mall speaks of the wealth and affluence that its visitors seek, but rarely gain.
Nathan road – 2015
The modernist glass face of Starbucks on Nathan road made Kowloon look like a ‘behind the glass’ museum display. There’s not a lot of good coffee in Kowloon, and Starbucks offers at least a palatable choice with real milk – even if you’d be laughed at in my home city of Melbourne for suggesting that Starbucks was palatable.
Step in through the front doors and you’ll be greeted by the bright and often flashing lights of the money traders / changers.
Inside the Chungking Mansions Mall. Note the exposed piping and fans. This area gets very hot in Summer, but doesn’t have any actual cooling.
Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
11 thoughts on “The tale of Chungking Mansions”
Interesting read, Scott. Sounds like the kind of place I’d visit alone, but not with the kids.
No, agreed. I wouldn’t bring the kids there, there’s for sure.
Ahm, (cough) when are we gonna get to the typewriter bit?
Yeah, yeah… it’s coming. This isn’t exclusively typewriters! Oh, and I have some very interesting typewriters coming up soon.
That’s was a chungking good post! In fact it reminded me “Chungking Express” is on my Asian movies to see list. And Starbucks? Well, they’re much better than the Dome and Gloria Jeans franchises, which is what we’re stuck with here in Perth (apart from the good smaller coffee bars and cafes). 🙂
Thanks! Tell me when you get to see it. I agree, I’d rather dive into a Starbucks than a Gloria Jeans, thats for sure.
Now I’m curious about Janes hair!
Ha ha ha. I’ll have to put a photo up then, won’t I.
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