Kowloon: Destroyed City of China

by Rachel Gertz

I’ve always been fascinated by walled cities, even more so by cities that exist outside of the parameters of government regulation. The Kowloon Walled city of China was one such city, and it existed for over a hundred years until the wrecking ball came down in 1992, pulverizing its structures.

“The Kowloon Walled City was a singular Hong Kong phenomenon: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect, ungoverned by Hong Kong’s safety and health regulations, covering one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. —Greg Girard

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