by Phantazein Studio
The Chungking Mansions are the capital of all things sketch in Hong Kong, at least electronically. It’s a huge warehouse located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district (lovingly dubbed as dark side by expats) packed with every type of counterfeit gadget hawked by booth after booth of mostly Indian vendors. There are also a few independent business run by local Hong Kongers, the nature of which I couldn’t determine through the dingy glass walls obstructed by piles of paper and cardboard boxes. You’ll also find a few Indian restaurants and even a barber shop frequented strictly by the local Indian population. Theres a sense of secrecy and insularity in this dodgy labyrinth and I got more than a few dirty looks after having taken these photos. Looking at the scenery surrounding me, I hardly believed that I was in Asia. This is the genre of overwhelming strangeness which renders Hong Kong as such a fascinating and surreal place for me.