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Chungking Mansions — The World Inside the Building

by Peter Biľak (4483 words)

One building in Hong Kong houses a diverse international community that has a major impact on trade all over Africa and Asia.

Chungking Mansions is a dilapidated 17-storey building at the heart of Hong Kong’s tourist district. Thousands of people of any of the 129 different nationalities recorded in the guesthouse logs stay in the guesthouses on any given night. The building’s already dodgy reputation was immortalised in Wong Karwai’s 1994 movie Chungking Express. While to an outsider the building may seem a dangerous ghetto, for the insider it is a shot at prosperity.

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