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.