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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Kowloon Walled City: Life in the City of Darkness

    Posted Mar 16th 2013, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... John Carney john.carney@scmp.com It's 20 years since demolition of Kowloon Walled City began, but former residents hold fond memories of the overcrowded slum they called home Living in the City of Darkness It was called a lawless twilight zone by some and the world's most overcrowded squat by others. But to many, the Kowloon Walled City was simply home. This month marks 20 ...

  2. News - Asia - ENTERTAINMENT

    Arcade brings Kowloon Walled City back from the dead … in Japan

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... brings walled city back to life Day turns to night as one steps over the threshold of the Kowloon Walled City. And it's an uncomfortable, almost threatening kind of night, illuminated only by flickering neon bulbs beneath steel shades and the glow of a television set in a run-down apartment. Hong Kong's Walled City may have fallen to the wrecking ball in the 1990s, but its spirit ...

  3. Magazines - Post Magazine

    How Kowloon Walled City survived attempts to knock it down for almost a century

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 11:32pm by Fionnuala McHugh

    ... Fionnuala McHugh As a new edition of a book about the Kowloon Walled City is published, Fionnuala McHugh recalls how the 'cuckoo's nest' bounced back every time an attempt was made to knock it down, until it was finally razed in 1992. Chips off the old block They'd tried to clear Kowloon's Walled City many times. The first attempt was, apparently, easy ...

  4. Lifestyle - Interiors & Living

    Once reviled, Kowloon Walled City is now regarded as an example of 'organic design'

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:15pm by James King

    ... James King The sprawling Kowloon Walled City, demolished 20 years ago, was reviled in its lifetime. But the structure is now looked upon as a classic of organic design, says James King A blot to be desired There seems to be no accounting for taste in architectural fashion. Shunned, condemned and demonised in its "lifetime", Kowloon Walled City was long considered ...

  5. Infographics - CITY

    Kowloon Walled City: A place of anarchy

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 07:33am by Adolfo Arranz

    ... Adolfo Arranz Kowloon Walled City, situated next to the old Hong Kong International Airport, was an incredible megablock of urban/architectural configuration occupying an area of approximately 200 by 150 metres. Most of the 500 buildings in the City, housing almost 50,000 residents, were built between 1965 and 1985. This March marks 20 years from their demolition. Kowloon Walled ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - ARCHITECTURE

    Exhibition offers glimpse of Kowloon Walled City and Ai Weiwei's home

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 04:45am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Exhibition looks at design classics past and present Ever fancied getting a glimpse of the vanished Kowloon Walled City, Ai Weiwei's home in Beijing ... of Kowloon Walled City, a cramped settlement infamous for crime which was demolished in 1993, recorded by an artist in 1991 as he wandered through it. Another exhibit shows the Old Peak Tower, which ...

  7. Infographics - HONG KONG

    Remembering Kowloon Walled City

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 03:31pm by SCMP Graphics

    ... SCMP Graphics Kowloon Walled City, located not far from the former Kai Tak Airport, was a remarkable high-rise squatter camp that by the 1980s had 50,000 residents. A historical accident of colonial Hong Kong, it existed in a lawless vacuum until it became an embarrassment for Britain. This month marks the 20th anniversary of its demolition.   ...

  8. Walled City's colourful, lawless history

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Prudence Lui

    ... was the walled garrison city, later known as Kowloon Walled City. The British had already occupied Hong Kong Island in 1841 and, in response, the Qing authorities built this imposing garrison city, protected by massive stone walls. It was designed to serve as a military nerve centre and headquarters for Imperial officials in what had become a very sensitive area. The Kowloon Walled City ...

  9. Walled city locks in regulars

    Posted Dec 01st 2005, 12:00am by Grace M.W. Wong

    ... Walled City is known for its many Thai restaurants, but also offers everything from local delicacies to Japanese and continental. Probably no one knows more about the old days than Kowloon City ... for people from all walks of life,' Yau says. 'It was also a notorious hideaway for criminals and unlicensed dentists. You had the better-off families living inside the walled city ...




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