Chungking Mansions

How Hong Kong's iconic Chungking Mansions became what it is today

How Hong Kong's iconic Chungking Mansions became what it is today

Lam Wai-long, the 75-year-old chairwoman of the Incorporated Owners of Chungking Mansions, reveals to SCMP how she helped make the infamous mansions a safe destination. 

Tuesday, 5 May, 2015, 3:32pm

Japanese businessman loses 210,000 yuan to thieves in TST

Five suspects were thought to have followed the man from Chungking Mansions after watching him change the money there. Photo: Warton Li

The victim, 36, called police at about 7pm, saying that he suspected his suitcase containing the cash had been switched by four "non-Chinese" men and a "non-Chinese" woman, officers said.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am 2 comments

Chungking Mansions a study of life lived in the raw

Waiting for a lift to a guest house or restaurant in the maze of hallways. Photo: John Carney

The maze of corridors in the five, 17-storey blocks has sat in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui for more than half a century. But it was the 1994 Wong Kar-wai movie Chungking Express that earned the buildings in Nathan Road their iconic status.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:31am 7 comments

Is Chungking Mansions a trap for Wong Kar-wai movie fans?

Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui attracts bargain travellers and Wong Kar-wai fans. Photo: Edward Wong

China’s younger generation, in the wake of the Chungking Mansions rape, wonder whether fans of Wong Kar-wai's cult movie are staying at the iconic building at the price of their own safety.

5 Jun 2013 - 4:56pm 4 comments

Chungking Mansions a global business hub

Siby Ismael, director of Marena Corporation, at his office in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Warton Li

Every day around 2pm, the first floor of Chungking Mansions is covered with boxes ready to be picked up for airfreight. Most are heading to Africa. They are filled with the latest models of mobile phones made by little-known brands such as Nasaki, Admet and jFone.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Finding my Shangri-La - good fare at a fair price

It can be sweet to be intimate enough to be able to complete each other's sentences. Well, it would be if you knew each other and weren't just strangers crammed together in the typical Hong Kong restaurant.

Recently, I had a wonderful evening out at a restaurant that made me realise how hard it can be to have such an experience in this city of supposed gastronomes.

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Never mind the size, savour the flavour

The dosa, that venerable rice-and-dal pancake favourite of many an Indian vegetarian restaurant, isn't easy to come by in our small yet cuisine rich city. Limited kitchen space, a reliance on meat-heavy meals and a general lack of calling for the dosa has meant the dish is often relegated to questionable outlets in Chungking Mansions.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Waste not, want not: think before you eat

Hong Kong may be considered a foodie's paradise, but it is also gaining notoriety for its excessive food wastage.

Friends of the Earth, a green group, says that leftover food at two wedding banquets recently in Hong Kong amounted to a total of 400kg.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmaker owns site of illegal hostel

A legislator who has demanded tighter checks on illegal guest houses had a shock when he learned that an unlicensed hostel was operating in a flat he owned.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Asia should take a united stand

Perhaps Manchester United should consider staying at Chungking Mansions if they visit Hong Kong next summer. After all, it costs first-class accommodation prices to stay at this landmark these days. But this is what the Red Devils want if they are to come here: first-class accommodation, first-class travel, and oh, not to forget, the trifling sum of US$3 million as appearance fees.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Room rates soar as hotels cash in on Christmas

There is definitely very little room at the inn this Christmas, with Hong Kong hotel-occupancy rates reaching 98 per cent, prompting room prices to jump a massive 80 per cent.

Rooms at the luxury Peninsula are going for more than HK$16,000 a night, and even backpacker favourite Chungking Mansions is said to be charging nearly HK$3,000.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Chungking 'facelift' fails to impress

I refer to the report about the so-called facelift of Chungking Mansions ('Back into the light', November 12).

Those who are impressed by what has been done have neglected to look behind the gaudy LED display.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Quotes of the week

There are dark clouds gathering in the global economy ... We could face a lost decade of low growth and high unemployment

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde

I feel good today, but a little bit tired since I have not been in class for over 10 years. I am rusty

Basketball star Yao Ming begins a university degree in Shanghai

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I'm still quite optimistic about the European situation ... In fact Europeans can rescue themselves

Former bank regulator chief Liu Mingkang said the euro-zone debt crisis should be solved by Europeans

It is a miracle that the building is now standing proud

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Back into the light

To a roll of drums and showers of confetti, Chungking Mansions, once dubbed the 'ghetto at the centre of the world', celebrated its official 50th anniversary yesterday with a ceremony that also marked the first facelift since it was built in 1961.

12 Nov 2011 - 12:00am