A part of me wishes this place still existed. My dad lived here as you may know long before it got demolished in 1994 due to widespread crime and overall unsanitary living conditions. Over the years I’ve been able to glean some information about the place out of him and pretty much everything he says about this place is fascinating (mainly because it’s so different than any place I’ve ever visited). He, of course, has different views about it since he actually lived there, but looking back at what it was, it still strikes me to this day as a truly remarkable make-shift structure of community within British-ruled Hong Kong.
I’m currently reading Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger which is one of the few Western pieces of literature on this place. If you’re intrigued at all by these photos, I highly recommend picking up City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City. It’s got a ton of photos and interviews of people who lived there.
And finally, if you want to see everything I’ve written about this place in the last 10 years, direct your browser to this link and enjoy.