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Mar 27, 2015

How life was inside Kowloon Walled City

How life was inside Kowloon Walled City

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. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, the Canadian photographer Greg Girard spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with the Walled City, its residents, and how it was organized. So seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, it actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was torn down in 1992 but in this gallery you will get a little peek how life was in Kowloon. Thanks to Greg Girard.

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Kowloon Walled City Night View from SW Corner, 1987. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Rooftop apartment, Walled City, 1991. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Watching aircraft land at Kai Tak Airport from Walled City rooftop, 1990. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Kwong Ming Street, Kowloon Walled City, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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BBQ Meat Factory, 1990. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Rubber Plunger Factory, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Noodle Factory and Family Residence, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Delivering flour, Kowloon Walled City, 1990. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Noodle Factory Desktop, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Weaving Factory, Walled City, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Metal grate protects temple from garbage, thrown from upper floors, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Relaxing on Walled City rooftop, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Young boy in family-run shop, 1990. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Young boy in living area in back of family shop, 1990. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Walled City Dentist Window Display, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Walled City, Tung Tau Tsuen Rd, 1987. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Walled City Apartment Interior, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Student doing homework on Walled City rooftop, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Children playing on Walled City rooftop, 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Cathay Pacific jet passing Walled City rooftops. 1989. Picture via Greg Girard.

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Kowloon Walled City, 1987. Picture via Greg Girard.

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33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect: Kowloon Walled City, 1970s. Via.

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