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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.

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From a rice dish that West Africans fight over to his go-to Indian restaurant, banker Innocent Mutanga returns again and again to eat at Chungking Mansions, where he first stayed when he arrived in Hong Kong in 2013.

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From Cantopop to grunge, Chungking Express to Final Fantasy VIII – these career-defining MVs prove Wong was Hong Kong’s ultimate 90s diva

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Hongkongers have shown great community spirit in fighting injustice, but the city has a lingering problem with discrimination against members of ethnic minority communities.

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Farah Dang, 38, has been volunteering with an NGO and came back a decade ago after leaving for Britain in 1992. She has never forgotten how others helped her, and has come to terms with her refugee identity.

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

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Doyle, who was cinematographer on Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express, looks for the locations in the high-rise where he filmed the award-winning Hong Kong classic and its sequel

Seven pedestrians were slightly injured after being splashed with an unknown solution which fell from a height in a busy shopping district in Hong Kong today, according to police.

Salina Lam has transformed the Kowloon block once known as a ‘rough, shady place' during her 22 years as owners’ committee chairwoman.    

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A vicious attack in which a policeman was punched repeatedly in the face and head was captured by CCTV in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday.

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The deadliest Ebola epidemic in history continued its spread, as a brief scare in Hong Kong highlighted the risk of an outbreak in the city.

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Shot over two months with writer-director Wong Kar-wai penning the script as he went along, Chungking Express is one of the most romantic films ever made in Hong Kong - and certainly the coolest.

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.

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.