Walled City

Walled City's colourful, lawless history

East Kowloon's coastline was once a series of salt pans, with the earliest of them dating back to the Sung dynasty between 960-1279.

Wednesday, 25 June, 2008, 12:00am

Mailbag

Students should not be penalised because of poorly written exam papers

In response to those who have written in regarding the poor standard of the English A-level papers, I would like to add a couple of observations concerning this year's HKCEE English language paper 1A, in which students were instructed to read three passages and answer questions.

10 May 2008 - 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

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

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

Walled City garden nears completion

HONG KONG'S first authentic Chinese garden, on the site of the Kowloon Walled City, will open by the end of this year.

Eighty per cent of the work at the site of the former slum has been completed.

8 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Clarifying compensation

ON January 19 you reported that 21 ex-Kowloon Walled City occupants were evicted from the Tung Tau Estate garden area by the court bailiffs. You mentioned that ''a total of $9.7 million had been offered to the group''. This figure was provided to your paper some time ago and was based on the fact that only 10 ex-Kowloon Walled City occupants were camping at the garden area at that time.

28 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Payout defended for Walled City

DEVELOPERS were paid the same compensation for flats they had in the Kowloon Walled City as other owners to prevent disputes over the clearance of the site, the Public Accounts Committee heard yesterday.

Lui Hau-tuen of the City and New Territories Administration told the panel that developers had owned up to 25 per cent of the flats.

1 Jul 1993 - 12:00am

Exco to be quizzed over Walled City

LEGISLATORS are to ask the Executive Council if it endorsed the special compensation granted to absentee-owners with multiple flats in the Kowloon Walled City.

This is despite a verbal ratification from the Director of Buildings and Lands, Mr Darwin Chen, that the top policy-making body had given an unequivocal decision that all owners must be compensated.

4 May 1993 - 12:00am

$210m lost in Walled City payout

THE Government has been over-generous in compensating Walled City flat owners, spending about $210 million too much on ex gratia payments, according to the Director of Audit, Mr Brian Jenney.

He said officials had failed to adjust the policy for compensating the tenants of the crowded Kowloon eyesore, in which there was a large number of people who owned more than one flat.

29 Apr 1993 - 12:00am

Work to start on slum area

A SIX-PHASE project to demolish buildings in Kowloon Walled City begins next Tuesday after four months of preparation and surveying, according to the contractor.

The $40 million demolition is expected to be finished in 12 months.

Buildings facing the Carpenter Road park will be the first to go. Work will then progress in stages further into the mass slum.

19 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

Street sleepers not left out

I MUST thank A. Rodriguez for his letter ''Walled City elderly sleep on street'' (Post January 5) as it gives me an opportunity to put the record straight on these street sleepers.

26 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Walled City elderly sleep on street

THE Hongkong Government has shown again it is a true champion of those bureaucratic sports ''passing the buck'' and procrastination (''US expertise to guide demolition of Walled City'' South China Morning Post , December 30).

Twenty residents of the Walled City, most of them old and unable to fend themselves, have been sleeping in the street for more than a year.

5 Jan 1993 - 12:00am