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Kowloon, Walled City - Canvas

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on 5 July 2013

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Kowloon is a legal and social anomaly once found just outside the city limits of Hong Kong, China. The original 6 acre plot of land was established in the year 960 by the  Song Dynasty to be used as an outpost to regulate the trade of salt.
By 1947 over 2000 squatters flooded the area wishing to live under China’s protection. After a failed attempt to drive them out in 1948 Britain adopted a hands off approach. ...With little to no government enforcement from either Great Britain or China, the walled city became a refuge for those who wished to live outside the law.
Try to imagine a city with no laws or regulations inhabited by 50,000 residents in an area that is less than 6 acres. In a chaotic labyrinth of darkness lies a community of human beings working and living without sunlight or fresh air. Opium dens and brothels sit side by side with kindergartens and illegal doctors and dentists.
Food is prepared for upscale Hong Kong restaurants in areas the size of a closet crawling with roaches and mice. Sewage runs freely down dark streets as women and drugs are sold with no fear of repercussions. Here lies the social and legal anomaly named Kowloon: The Walled City.

The “City of Darkness” as it was often called, was demolished in 1993.
1 person for every 5.6 feet of land area.
40 square feet of constructed living space per person
500 interconnected highrises, on about 6 acres
most were 14 stories high
no building or sanitation regulations
no sewage or trash removal
not a single architect or engineer was used in their construction
Avg. new home built in the United States is about 2,400 sq. ft., or housing for 60 in Kowloon.
In 1842 the Chinese built the infamous wall around the outpost to further protect it from future invasion of the British. China eventually lost  Kowloon to the British in 1899. After years of inactivity China declared to take
the walled city back after the Japanese
surrender in World War II.
gambling
prostitution
opium dens

4.9 million
In 1842 the Chinese built the infamous wall around the outpost to further protect it from future invasion of the British. China eventually lost Kowloon to the British in 1899. After years of inactivity China declared to
take the walled city back after the Japanese
surrender in World War II.
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