Star of a Wong Kar-wai movie and an icon of urban Hong Kong, Chungking Mansions is too often portrayed as unsafe and a den of vice. Don’t believe a word of it – or you’ll be missing out on some of the city’s best Indian food
To Time magazine, it’s ‘Asia’s best example of globalisation in action’; to others it’s a scary den of drug dealers, illegal immigrants and dubious restaurants. Chungking Mansions in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, is a warren of shops, cheap guesthouses and places to eat spread across five blocks of 17 storeys each. A popular destination for visitors on a budget, the mansions famously featured in Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 film Chungking Express.