As Gordon Matthews argues in his book ‘Ghetto at the Center of the World’, many stereotypes, negative images and a bad reputation surround Chungking Mansions in downtown Hong Kong. It has been described as the ‘sum of all fears for parents whose children go backpacking around Asia.’ At the same time it has been the topic and probably the main theme of cultural and arts projects – most famously Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Chungking Express.’

Still under the impression of this film, I grabbed the opportunity to spend some time in its first two floors in Summer 2012. The place most definitely captivates the visitor…

Johnnes Rigal

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

Chungking Mansions 2012. Photo by Johannes Rigal.

‘Time Travel’ is part of the Association of Urban Photographers exhibition ‘Movement’, shown in London in 2014 and in Bogota, Colombia in 2015.