Chungking Mansions 重慶大廈 is a location known by cinephile as the romantic set for Wong Kar-wai‘s Chungking Express 重慶森林. The real Chungking Mansions, a building even many Hong Kong people haven’t stepped foot in, has it strange charm and it buzzing business can be unexpected for people. Here is a short video of my recent visit to the “real” Chungking Mansions 重慶大廈. Enjoy.
P.S. If you understand Cantonese, here is a charming RTHK segment 「香港故事」之印度．印象. The comedian V’s “explanation’ of why two East Indians need to communicate in Cantonese in Chungking Mansions is priceless! (兩個印度人响重慶大廈講廣東話！)
Dec 6, 2010 Update: Found the following and thought them interesting and worth checking out.
– From RTHK TV program 香港故事（第十二輯）第八集：＜下鋪到上居＞. Highly recommended.
– Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prof. Gordon Mathews‘ 2008 research paper “Chungking Mansions as a World Center of “Low-end Globalization”” (PDF file)
– Documentary from ATV