The Chungking Mansion(s) is famous from Wang Karwai’s film Chungking Express. It is an international mall, selling cheap cell phones, electronics, and Bollywood films. By some estimates it is the source of 20% of all cell phones in sub-Saharan Africa came through the Chungking Mansions. It is down and dirty, one of the only places in Hong Kong you can get a room for $20 USD a night.
What’s it like to stay here? I wrote about it at the Universia blogs:
Chungking Mansions: Legendary and Cheap Lodging in Hong Kong
Mitchell Blatt is a travel writer, editor, and columnist who has lived and worked in China for six years. He is an author of two guidebooks, Panda Guides Hong Kong and Panda Guides China. He has been published in National Interest.org, The Korea Times, The Shanghai Daily, Roads & Kingdoms, Vagabond Journey, City Weekend, Silkwinds and The World of Chinese, among other outlets. See examples of his published articles.