The Mahjong is one of Hong Kong’s hippest hostels, centrally located in a soulful Chinese neighbourhood and just a stone’s throw to the city’s hustling bustling attractions, as well as its renowned mountain & coastal charms.

The Mahjong is an abode that encapsulates Hong Kong’s unique character: its traditional past and forward-thinking ideologies, its Oriental roots and Western influences. Every traveler is an explorer at heart, out there to experience culture – we hope a stay at The Mahjong will enrich your journey and offer you a comfortable home away from home.

Behind The Name

Founded by backpackers and soultrippers, The Mahjong is the result of years of pursuing a dream to establish a comfortable boutique hostel that offers cultural immersion in addition to a social exchange for travelers to meet and swap stories.

The Mahjong takes its name from a traditional game that dates back to late Qing dynasty when locals gathered together over a table of 144 game pieces to play and while away the days. Today, the game has evolved into a national pastime and is played everywhere – at home, in the park, even dedicated mahjong parlours around the city. There are various legends on how the game got its name – one being the Mahjong sparrow it was named after, for its petite yet agile body that resembled the game pieces.

All over Hong Kong, it isn’t hard to spot these little Mahjong sparrows cheerfully chirping away or spreading wings and soaring high. A local saying –




“Mahjong is small but has everything it needs”


– encapsulates the very heart and spirit of Hong Kong, and is symbolic to many of the city’s dwellings.

Likewise, the Mahjong represents our hostel’s soaring aspirations – a compact abode that provides travelers with everything for comfort, a soulful neighbourhood that offers genuine cultural immersion, and a social space for memories & stories to be made… and of course several games of mahjong to be played!

The Mahjong Difference

1. Considered Design:

The Mahjong is designed to optimize space and minimize your travel stress. For your convenience and comfort we include items such as reading lights, personal security boxes and pod privacy screens.

2. Authentic Neighborhood:

To Kwa Wan is REAL Hong Kong offering you a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, colours and smells. Make the most of opportunities to explore Hong Kong, known as a city that never sleeps.

3. Convenient Location:

From The Mahjong much of Hong Kong is easily accessible by public transport. Some attractions and many dining options are only a short walk away.

4. Outstanding Service:

Our staff are experienced world-wide travellers who enjoy the opportunity to meet the needs of fellow travellers. They are passionate about making your stay at The Mahjong a great experience.