The Chungking Mansions stand on a segment of Nathan Road, also called the Golden Mile, a busy commercial street at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui.
Pedestrians walking in front of the Chungking Mansions. The Mansions are situated on Nathan Road also called the "Golden Mile", a central street of Hong Kong heavy with traffic and popular with tourists. Stores lining Nathan Road make great business catering to the need of its crowds..
Russian sailors, an African trader and a Chinese worker in a commercial alley of the Chungking Mansions, a place where the whole world seem to congregate.
Owners of a watch store in their shop, at the Chungking Mansions. Business owners in the Chungking Mansions are a mix of Chinese and South Asians. Most of the Chinese arrived here from mainland in the 70's and 80's. At the time the Chungking Mansions where one of the cheapest real estate available in Hong Kong.
A Muslim trader inside kneeled for his evening prayer, in front of his store, next to mainland Chinese having dinner. Many of the businesses at the Chungking Mansions are ran by Muslims. They mostly go and pray at the nearby mosque on Nathan Road, the biggest in Hong Kong, but when they don't have time they will pray inside the Mansions.
In a commercial alley of the Chungking Mansions an African trader is checking one by one a batch of mobile phones he bought and plans to ship to Africa.
On a side street of the Chungking Mansions, Nigerian traders stand by boxes filled with mobile phones about to be shipped to Lagos. The trade in mobile phones accounts for a a large part of the business conducted in the Chungking Mansions.
At the Chungking Mansions, in a store ran by a Pakistani businessman, an African trader is selecting mobile phones. He is planning to ship 2000 mobile phones to Douala, his ometown and the capital of Cameroon..
A backpacker crossing path with Mtr Hussein a Pashtun businessman at the entrance of the Chungking Mansions. The Mansions are popular with backpackers who often stay at its cheap guest houses.
In front of the Chungking Mansions touts trying to lure locals into Indian restaurants..
A worker of the Chungking Mansions moving goods out of the building..
In a staircase of the Chungking Mansions, two cooks from a nearby fast food restaurant are taking a cigarette break..
In a corridor of the Chungking Mansions leading to the Indian restaurant, the Taj Mahal Club..
Phone and electric cables in the open in a staircase of the Chungking Mansions.
A door on a upper floor of the Chungking Mansions.
Inside the Chungking Mansions, the door of a private apartment where a Chinese family is living. Most of the residents of the Mansions are transient workers and hostels guests. However a few families live there in spite of the building bad reputation..
Inside the Chungking Mansions, the door of a private apartment. Most of the residents of the Mansions are transient workers and hostels guests. However a few families live there in spite of the building bad reputation.
The buzzer of a Chungking Mansions hostel.
On the 5th floor of a Chungking Mansions tower, a resident is cautiously opening his apartment door.
In the lobby of a Chungking Mansions guest house, clocks set to various world time, testify to the countries of origin of its guests..
Kids playing the lobby of a Chungking Mansions guest House. On its wall a "china visa" sign and numerous notes left by guests seeking information, praising the guest house. Many travelers heading to China do a stopover in Hong Kong and stay at the Chungking Mansions where some cheap guest houses double as visa agency.
In a dorm of the Chungking Mansions, students from the Bergen School of Architecture in Norway, are resting before going out. They each pay about HK$80 (US$10) per nigh for a bunk bed. A bargain in Hong Kong which didn't make up for the presence of cockroaches and heavy noise coming from nightly renovation work in an adjacent hostel. The Chungking Mansions are very popular among budget travelers and backpackers. Several hostels there offer dorm beds.
Indonesians inhabitants of the Chungking Mansions standing at the entrance of a guest house..
A shaft descending from the 17th floor of a Chungking Mansions block tower. Each tower has a few of these shafts which allow ventilation of the cramped inner buildings rooms and appartments..
A view on a busy street of Hong Kong through the bedroom window of a Chungking Mansions guest house.
Mrs Lam Wai Lung, Chairperson of the Incorporated Owners of the Chungking Mansions cheering at acrobats performing the "good luck" lion dance, part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Mrs Lam arrived in Hong Kong from Fujian province in Mainland China in 1979. After various factory jobs she set up a guest house in the Chungking Mansions. As Chairperson of the Mansions owners association she lead efforts to improve the business environment, including reduction of fire hazards, improvement of security through the installation of a network of CCTV cameras, building renovation and upgrade of the facilities such as the elevators..Some business owners complain the the association favors Chinese owners over South Indians.
Inside the control room of the Chungking Mansions tv monitors linked to the 320 CCTV cameras which have been set up throughout the building. The Hong Kong police regularly sits in this room to monitor the activity inside the Chungking Mansions..
A policeman making rounds in a commercial alley of the Chungking Mansions.The Chungking Mansions are seen by many Hong Kong people as place rife with crime, a reputation probably resulting from the high concentration of foreigners living or doing business there. The local police station has a team dedicated to the Chungking Mansions.
The Hong Kong police during an ID check at the Chungking Mansions. Such operations occur daily at the Mansions, where number of illegal immigrants reside. Many other residents or workers of the Mansions have applied for political asylum. However their application can take years to be processed during which they have no rights to work. Many do so but have to hide from the police.
At night a side alley of the Chungking Mansions.
In a back alley of the Chungking Mansions, the staff of department store is taking a cigarette break.
A drunk has been put to leep on a side alley of the Chungking Mansions.
At night, a back alley leading to the Chungking Mansions.
At night, a part time drug dealer, standing in a back alley of the Chungking Mansions. He says times have gotten tougher since Hong Kong handover to China. "There is a lot of competition from mainlander for low-paid jobs". Fewer jobs and less paid.
Two blocks of the Chungking Mansions at night.