Kowloon Walled City
‘It was the most densely populated place on Earth for most of the 20th century, where a room cost the equivalent of US$6 per month in high rise buildings that belonged to no country. In this urban enclave, “a historical accident”, law had no place. Drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes lived and worked alongside kindergartens, and residents walked the narrow alleys with umbrellas to shield themselves from the endless, constant dripping of makeshift water pipes above. Ungoverned and unregulated, was for so many years, a stain on the urban fabric of British colonial Hong Kong. This month it has been 20 years since the city was finally demolished and to mark the anniversary’ [MessyNessy]
Full photostory by Greg Girard
My fascination with this place will never end. When I finally visited the site last Nov, it had been transformed into a park. Only the Yamen building was left there. I would like to think that I had a glimpse of the walled city on my first trip to HK in the early 90s when Kai Tak airport was still in use.
See http://youtu.be/Lby9P3ms11w for first of four parts of this intriguing city.