April 7th 2014
Even though it no longer stands, the Kowloon Walled City is remembered as one of Hong Kong’s most famous landmarks and one of the world’s greatest oddities. Twenty years after its demolition, the city is featured in an eye-opening documentary featuring footage from inside the lawless but alive labyrinth and testimonials from its former residents, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.
The most densely populated place on Earth at its height, the makeup and infrastructure of the 2.8 hectare site, home to 33,000 people, still baffles city planners and architects today. Known as the ‘City of Darkness’ in Cantonese, it was famous for being a hive for drugs, brothels and triads. But for those who lived there, it was also a centre of commerce and community.