Hong Kong Snapshot (108) Champagne Court, icon of brothels 香港隨拍(108) 香檳大廈，一代「性」地沒落none
Yesterday, I passed by the Champagne Court. From the photo you may just treat it as a normal building but actually it’s one of the most unique building in Tsim Sha Tsui of HK. People may even treat it as a mystery building just like the Chungking Mansion. How’s it special? Let me tell you.
Starting from 1954 when Champagne Court was built it has already been an icon. It was the highest building of Kowloon when it was built. It’s was also the first building in HK that sold in separate units. Buying flat was not the game of rich people anymore. Since 1960, Champagne Court became the centre of Camera shops selling first hand and second hand camera. Even tourists came to Champagne Building to buy cameras.
Let us continue the record of Champagne Court. Starting from 1990, some units in Champagne Court was rented for one-woman brothels. After 2000, Champagne Court was already a world famous building of one-woman brothels. One-woman brothels is a unique case in Hong Kong. According to the law of Hong Kong, if there is only one prostitute working in a brothel, it is legal. The trick was discovered and one-woman brothels started developing since 1990’s. Champagne Court was one of the icon of one-woman brothels.
No one may imagine the mystery behind this entrance
In 2011, a property management started the acquisition of Champagne Court. As you know that in the process of acquisition, many units were kept empty and these units were illegally occupied for one-woman brothels. At the craziest moment, there were over 200 one-woman brothels in Champagne Court. Until 2017, the police force organised the mop up actions and now there are only few prostitute still working in Champagne Court.
I wanna took some photos of the one-woman brothels but as a Hong Kong local, I know it is an extremely dangerous action so I chose to share some photos on the web haha.
(Photo source: hk01.com)
So what am I going to do in Champagne Court? Just to take photo? Of coz not! It’s a funny fact that there are two famous HK style restaurants in Champagne Court. One of them is the Sun Kee Cheese Noodles. Although the restaurant is under hundred of one-woman brothels, it is super famous in HK that it invented the dish of noodles with cheese.
Frankly speaking, it’s not very good. It’s only famous of the first invention of cheese noodles. Anyway, you may have a try when you visit Champagne Court and if you are interested, just go up stair and have a look hahahah.
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