Chungking Mansions: Hong Kong’s tourist slum

At last, I was to fulfill one of my dreams, to visit Hong Kong. My friend and I decided to visit the “Pearl of the Orient” during a month-long South East Asia backpacking trip. Compared to most other countries in this region, Hong Kong is a lot more expensive. Since we were traveling on a modest budget, we had to reduce the costs, so this meant staying in the cheapest accommodation possible. My only requirement was a private room, I could never handle a hostel, I appreciate my privacy too much. It quickly became clear that we had just one option, a guesthouse within the Chungking Mansions. I heard a lot about it beforehand, its infamous reputation excited me.. Continue reading