The tale of Chungking Mansions

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Out the front of Chung King Mansions

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.

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Nathan road - 2015

Nathan road – 2015

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The modernist glass face of Starbucks on Nathan road made Kowloon look like a 'behind the glass' museum display

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.

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Step in through the front doors and you'll be greeted by the bright and often flashing lights of the money traders / changers.

Step in through the front doors and you’ll be greeted by the bright and often flashing lights of the money traders / changers.

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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.

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.

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11 thoughts on “The tale of Chungking Mansions

  1. 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). 🙂

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