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Inside Kowloon Walled City the most densely populated place in the world by Greg Girard (18 pictures)

Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer who has spent much of his career in Asia. His work examines the social and physical transformations taking place throughout the region.


He is represented by Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver/Toronto) and also works on assignment for publications such as National Geographic Magazine.

For more please visit Greg Girard’s website

Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. In 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 6.5-acre (0.026 km2; 0.0102 sq mi) borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug use.

In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. After an arduouseviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and was completed in April 1994. [source]

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Kowloon Walled City Night View from SW Corner. 1987

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Walled City Rooftop, Summer, 1989

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Walled City Mail Delivery, 1987

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Walled City Fish Ball Factory, 1987

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Noodle Factory and Residence, 1989

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West Side Street (Overhead Pipes), 1990

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Grill above Temple Roof, 1987

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Worker in Metalwork Factory, 1988

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Walled City Apartment Interior, 1989

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Workers in Fishball Factory, 1987

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Noodle Factory Desktop, 1989

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Grill Below Temple Roof, 1987

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BBQ Meat Factory, 1990

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Convenience Store Living Area, 1990

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Rubber Plunger Factory, 1989

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Walled City Rooftop View, 1989

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Walled City Dentist Window, 1989

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Cathay Pacific Jet Passing Walled City Rooftops. 1989