Kowloon Walled City

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

Kawasaki Warehouse - A Kowloon walled city replica recreated in Japan. Photo: David Gilbert

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. Photos by David Gilbert. 

Friday, 11 October, 2013, 10:32am

Residents help to pick areas for revamp in Kowloon City

Three dilapidated areas in Kowloon City covering about 30 streets have been identified as priority redevelopment zones under a plan backed by residents and district councillors.

The zones have been chosen under a new redevelopment policy under which communities are encouraged to get involved in selection rather than being dictated to by the Urban Renewal Authority.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Government urged to preserve Qing relic

A heritage adviser and a district councillor want the government to take responsibility for preserving a Qing Dynasty stone pier unearthed in the heart of Kai Tak.

The 10-metre-wide pier, lying two metres below ground, was built between 1873 and 1875. It and the Kowloon Walled City were the only places kept by the Qing dynasty after Kowloon was ceded to Britain in 1898.

16 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Surge in rich owners who want historic status lifted

There has been a surge in the number of rich owners objecting to the government slapping historic status on their properties.

4 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Out and about

For decades, Kowloon City was best known for two landmarks; the festering, crime-ridden Kowloon Walled City slum and Kai Tak airport, Hong Kong's principal entry and exit point to the outside world. Both have now retreated into the history books. Kai Tak closed in 1998 and to those familiar with the area before, Kowloon City seems strangely quiet today.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Dwelling on the past

'One might compare [Greg Girard's photographs] to ... images of Pripyat and Chernobyl, except that what Girard reveals is so much more possibly the fate of so many places, hence so much more terrible.' Author William Gibson

From the forward to Phantom Shanghai

10 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Heritage zone plea for Kowloon City

A newly formed green group has proposed building a cultural and heritage zone in Kowloon City in an attempt to stimulate tourism and the economy.

The Green Hong Kong Organisation has called for the Government to preserve the area for its unique historic and cultural identity.

8 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Shady deals colour walled city's past

Not so long ago, there was a district in Hong Kong that had the reputation of being a place where the government held no sway.

Despite Kowloon Walled City's official status, mid-way through the last century, within a relatively short time the neighbourhood had slipped into disrepute.

19 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Ambiguous status gave life to lawless enclave

The Kowloon Walled City dates back to the Sung dynasty of 960-1297 when it was used as a trading post for salt and as a small fort to house the imperial soldiers who controlled the salt trade.

7 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Kowloon Walled City

From the outside, it was 2.7 hectares of fortress. On the inside, it was home to 33,000 people living among rubbish-ridden alleyways and side by side with drugs, prostitution, gambling and rats. Some called it hell on earth, others called it the biggest slum in the world. And in March 1992, it all came down.

10 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

A day in kowloon city

Begin your day with a walk around the Kowloon Walled City Park on Carpenter Road. On the site of the former Kowloon Walled City, the award-winning public garden (open daily from 6.30 am - 11 pm) houses old buildings, a slice of the troubled history of what used to be Kowloon's Imperial Chinese garrison town. Three restaurants stand out in the area.

25 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Heritage study for Kai Tak site

Consultants will be hired to carry out a cultural heritage impact assessment before the old airport site at Kai Tak is turned into a new town, legislators were told.

Officials said the assessment was needed to investigate whether remains of the Kowloon Walled City could be salvaged from the site before it was developed.

11 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Recognition for Walled City's last remains

A 150-year-old traditional Chinese building saved from demolition when the Kowloon Walled City was knocked down is to be listed as an historic building today.

4 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Hurdle of $4m faces council

AN omission in the original plan for the new Kowloon Walled City Park, which rose from the rubble of the infamous district, may have cost the Urban Council dear.

The omission? A wall. Its cost? $4 million.

Construction of the park was already under way when architects decided to erect a wall around the grounds to protect it from vandals and thieves.

25 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Walled City's transformation sparks hopes for other sites

KOWLOON Walled City's transformation from slum to 'oasis' should inspire the restoration of more historical sites, Governor Chris Patten said yesterday.

Mr Patten, speaking at the opening ceremony of the award-winning public park, hopes more sites can be salvaged.

23 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

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