About Tsim Tsa Tsui
First To Review: Chantelle. C.
Feb 17, 2009
Tsim sa Tsui, or to for foreigners, TST, is sooooo unique. See that place in the picture "ChungKing Mansions," it's best described as Crazy! It's inhabitted by the small merchants from Pakistan, India, and Africa on the bottom floor that sell all sorts of things you wouldn't expect to find in Hong Kong. It caters to the sizable South Indian population of HK. It also has rooms for people to stay in, although I don't recommend it if you're from Europe or North America. It's the cheapest place to stay in TST for a reason. If you like Indian food, this is the place to go. But instead of going to a place on the bottom floor, you have to ask for the restaurants on the above floors for the better quality places. They're very reasonably priced.
Considering this "ChungKing Mansions" is kind of a shit-hole, but the coolest shit-hole around, it might surprise people that it is only about 300 meters away from the world-class the Peninsula Hotel, one of the most expensive hotel chains in the world (I've witnessed helicopters land on top of the building, also it was the Japanese Empire command post during WW2 after they took HK).
When I arrived in HK, (I stayed for 5.5 months) a local told me that I should one day do "Tea Time" at the Peninsula Hotel, because it's "What [wealthy] people do." So one day I did, and it was a nice experience, partly because I wasn't the one paying the bill.
If you're in HK on Business, I suggest you head to TST's many tailors to get a fitting done. They are cheap and well made. Don't get suckered in by the Indians by the ferry terminal on the TST side, although I haven't seen their quality so I shouldn't judge. I suggest you ask your hotel lobby for directions to a well-known tailor.
Mar 26, 2009
There was just something so enjoyable about having a shopping experience so different from Orchard Road or VivoCity. Maybe I've just not done enough travel-shopping in my life but walking around in the cool breeze and exploring hidden alleyways is an experience a million malls along Orchard can never replicate.