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Budget accommodation in Hong Kong

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I was trying to look for a budget accommodation in Hong Kong this summer. Here are some results, hopefully useful for you all.

After reading Wikipedia, due to the safety concern, it is better not to stay in Chungking Mansions.

Candidate sites:
A-Inn, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Room 809 & 1304 , 8/F, Sincere House, 83 Argyle St. Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
USD 37.70 for 2 persons.
Number 3 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Hong Kong, according to Trip Advisor

King Wah Hostel
Flat 1003, 10 Floor, Sincere House, 83 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
USD 37.7 for 2 persons.

Ah Shan Hostel Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Room 1406, 14th floor, Sincere house, 83 Argyle St, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
USD 43 for 2 persons

Hong Kong Budget Hostel, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Room 703, Sincere House,, 83 Argyle Street,, Hong Kong.
USD 34.8 for 2 persons
jacky_hs_chan@hotmail.com

Yesinn Hostel
294 King’s Rd, Fortress Hill,Flat B, 5 / F, Front Block, Continental Mansion, Hong Kong, China
Number 2 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Hong Kong, according to Trip Advisor
US$45.5 for 2 persons.

Yiufai Guesthouse
Flat E, 6/FL., Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Number 2 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Hong Kong, according to Trip Advisor
USD40 for 2 persons.

Ashoka Hostel
A Blk. Flr. 13, A4 Chung King Mansion
US$ 35 for 2 persons
CON: dodgy area, not so safe.

Websites that I use:
http://www.hostelworld.com
http://www.hostelplanet.com

From Wikipedia:
CHUNGKING MANSIONS
Chungking Mansions, is a building located at 36-44 Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The building is well known as nearly the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong. Though the building is supposedly residential, it is made up of many independent low-budget hotels, shops, and other services. The unusual atmosphere of the building is sometimes compared to that of Kowloon Walled City.

Chungking Mansions features guesthouses, curry restaurants, African bistros, clothing shops, sari stores, and foreign exchange offices. It often acts as a large gathering place for some of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, particularly South Asians (Indians, Nepalese, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans), Middle Eastern people, Nigerians, Europeans, Americans, and many other peoples of the world.

The building was completed in 1961, at which time Chinese residents predominated. Now, after more than four decades of use, there are an estimated 4,000 people living in the Mansions.

Chungking Mansions contains the largest number of guesthouses in Hong Kong in one building, with 1980 rooms in total. Since it offers some of the cheapest rates in town, it has become a legendary haunt for backpackers and budget travellers

The age of the building, the diverse ownership, and management structure are the cause of the building’s reputation for being a fire trap. Unsanitary conditions, security, ancient electrical wiring and blocked staircases all contribute to the hazards. On 21 February 1988, a fire broke out in the building. A Danish tourist who was trapped inside was killed. The fire in this building, as well as a blaze in a similar building provoked a review of rules and regulations concerning public safety.
It is also known to be a centre of drugs, and a refuge for petty criminals, scammers.

MONG KOK
Mong Kok’s population density is extremely high, according to Guinness World Records, Mong Kok has the highest population density in the world (mean 130,000 per km2 or 340,000 per mi2) and with a development multiple of four.

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Written by blueroselady

May 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

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