Chung King Mansions is Hong Kong's famous market place for electronics, mobile phones, money change, food, guest houses, offices, and God knows what else. Initially one may come to think that the building is dominated by Indians. But a closer scrutiny reveals that its actually not. You will find a large number of visitors from other parts of the world as well including Russia, China and Africa. The building is located on Nathan Road right outside Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station. Inside you first encounter a few money changing shops followed by calling card vendors and Indian food stalls. There are elevators on the left taking you to different wings of the building. The "Wings/blocks" are important. I used the first elevator to go to the 5th floor looking for an Indian restaurant but there was nothing except a Chinese guest house. I had to come down again and take the second elevator. There are long queues outside these elevators so be prepared to wait. I don't know how safe this building will be in case of a fire. The crowds are simply scary. For shopping electronics, you can avoid the elevator and go to the first floor using the escalator on the ground floor. Read More Below...
|Chung King Mansions Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong|
If you want Indian food, do go to Smrat Pure Veg on the 5th floor (2nd elevator on the left). The restaurant door is usually closed from inside. You have to ring the door bell and someone will open the door for you. The place is very small but if you are looking for Indian vegetarian food in this area, its OK. You can get your food packed to go at no extra cost. One curry and 2/3 rotis will cost about 100 HKD. Before leaving the building, consider buying IDT True India Phone Card from the shops on the ground floor - An India calling card that will cost only 37 to 50 HKD for 8 hours of talk time from Hong Kong to India. Click here for details.
|Chung King Mansions outside Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Hong Kong|
The picture above gives a better idea of the location. On the left you see entry / exit of Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station. Chung King Mansions is across the road. Sasa perfume shop on the first floor of the building (entry from outside) is a worthwhile place to visit. A vast range of perfumes including small 5ml bottles can be bought here at reasonable prices.
|Bossini / Giordano shops outside Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Hong Kong|
On the road where I was standing to take the above Chung King Mansions picture, there are two garment shops (on my right while looking at Chung King Mansions) - Bossini and Giordano. These shops are very popular with tourists. There is some discount sale going on all the time. You will find men's clothing on the ground floors and women's on the first floors of these shops.
|Victoria Harbor Hong Kong|
A short and enjoyable walk from here will take you to harbour front where you can watch the Symphony of Lights show in the evening. The multimedia show touted to be "World's largest permanent light and sound show" is performed using lasers mounted on several buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. It starts at 8 PM but do check for current timings to avoid disappointment. It is also a great spot for taking that famous Victoria harbour picture with your family. There is a huge shopping mall next to the spot so you can get lost for the next few hours until the mall begins to close.
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