It may not look like much, but this building complex helped introduce the West to a major director. Originally planned as cheap housing, the buildings now features apartments, low-budget hotels, shops, and restaurants, covering 17 stories and an entire block. A gathering place for many of its city’s minority groups, Time Magazine called this it “the best example of globalization” in its 2007 Best of Asia issue. So … where is it?
The star of Wong Kar-wai’s 1994 film ‘Chungking Express,’ the Chungking Mansions are at 36-44 Nathan Road in the Tsimshatsui neighborhood of Hong Kong.
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