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Chungking Mansions

Chungking Mansions is a building located at 36-44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The building is well known as nearly the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong with a single bed of US one night. Though the building is supposedly residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops, and other services. The strange atmosphere of this building is sometimes called by some “the scent of Kowloon’s Walled City”. Chungking Mansions features a labyrinth of 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 Indians, Middle Eastern people, Nepalese, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, Nigerians, Europeans, Americans, Pakistanis, and many other peoples of the world. The building was completed in 1961, at which time Chinese residents predominated. Now, after more than four decades of use, there are an estimated 4000 people living in the Mansions. Chungking Mansions is 17 stories tall and consists of 5 blocks, A, B, C, D, and E. There are two elevators in each block, one of which serves even-numbered floors, the other one odd-numbered floors; there is often a queue for this lift. The price of a flat in the Chungking Mansions ranged from HK00000 to HK00000 as of August 2006. While the Chungking Mansions are nominally intended for residential use, there is a large variety of commercial establishments in
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  1. chromelemon

    Emil, his video brings back so many memories of teh Chungking Mansion. I remember the first time I walked in there, I felt like I was in Nigeria or Bangladesh, but? not in Hong Kong. I stayed in the guesthouse right next to the Wakas Mess. Good memories!

  2. cspilner

    I was in HK 3 days ago and walked past this building several times. Apparently it’s? been renovated and looks completely different, all clean with a glittery entrance. Good bye Boho HK.

  3. johnsalchijohn

    i´ll be in hong kong soon and i see the only budget hotels are at chungking mansion! i´m just worried about safety at this place..anyone who can explain me more about this place?? …by the way,? i´m travelling alone!

  4. chillingonthestars

    a lot of people in hong kong tends to stay away from the chung king mansions. a few cases of rape and murder? and bound to put people off.

  5. DeadlyDreamerX

    6:20 Shwarmaa! ?

  6. lcheesmanl

    It was even? more exciting in the 1990s 🙂

  7. monkeetime

    It was a great day today, I went to Lantau and climbed Lantau Peak. Hope you made the most? of it! Dont buy a fake Rolex.

  8. Opossumzogga

    I am sitting right now in one of these guesthouses and using the free wifi 🙂 It’s a great place here and a must? see. Everybody who visits HonKong should stay here for a few nights. Greetings from HongKong.

  9. englandbeijing

    Good stuff, it only confirms what we all know;? Hong Kong is a? rubish ground.

  10. monkeetime

    I dont smoke weed, Derek can answer that question if you send him a message… And? yes, I definitely recommend staying at the Mansions if you are in HK. It’s part of the adventure. Aaaaand it’s cheap, which doesn’t hurt.

  11. fjollornaz

    two questions, do you guys smoke weed? kinda get that stoner vibe. and second would you recommend spending a few? nights in the building if you were to go to hong kong? looks like a great place 🙂

    nice vid too btw, great job!

  12. czeester

    Great video!! But I have quite standard question that many youtubers may ask, what song is at 5:40 ?? :)?

  13. soundchaseruk

    I stayed here on my 1st ever night in HK and alone. At 53 y o I was gobsmacked by the inside, as it didn’t feel like I was in HK? at all. I had booked a room in a guesthouse, allegidly run by a retired English pilot !!! More like oyur local india and NO they have no room for me. Well i did get a pokey room which was disgusting. never saw all these other places as you show in the film, but perversly I am pleased I stayed there, and survived. The Mirador nearby is similar but better I think

  14. jgairsoftnet

    a bed rent should be 500-1000 HKD per month?

  15. damek666

    you really suck, dickhead. ?

  16. MilwaukeeFtw

    What’s the Hong Kong exchange rate like at the moment?

    Like what’s 1,000,000 HKD worth when converted to British pounds £ or American dollars?
    Keep up the videos mate 🙂 I hope? to travel to the Far East one day 😀

  17. maxflyingcowboy

    what’s the? song starting at 3:00 please? thanks

  18. maxflyingcowboy

    it must? be an experience for sure, but god.. what a shit hole!!!

  19. kaattiiex

    this is a great place to stay for only 150 hkd, try capital guesthouse or fortunate guesthouse in block A, i found them? to be the nicest and most friendly, but cosmic guesthouse over the road is a little more maybe but its much much nicer, maybe only 30 khd more a nite

  20. monkeetime

    I live in New? Territories, but visit the Chungking Mansions very often. LOOOOOVE the Indian restaurants there, best deal in town. Don’t be afraid, pop in for a treat!

  21. 9810blacksheep

    Very nice video ! btw you live in the building? i always walk pass the building and I just? think that it’s a bit scary cause there are all these indians around ( not being a racist tho ). you enjoy it?

  22. BobbyC321

    Great video guys! Really enjoyed it. I lived in Star Mansion for six months which is the? building behind Chungking and it was awful! Convenient though!

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