Friday, August 22, 2008

wall to wall

Kowloon Walled City was a partitioned piece of Hong Kong that historically straddled both the British and Chinese mandates but never formally operated under either. It was the size of “a single building covering only 0.026 km² and at its peak apparently having a population as high as 50,000 people”, according to Ministry of Type . That’s not a lot of space for a whole lot of city dwellers! I’m almost humbled by the images of the former city within and it’s narrow corridors and frighteningly stale infrastructure. This whole time, I’ve been complaining about how small my room is. It’s palatial compared to the Walled City. And according to Wikipedia, it was “notorious for its excess of brothels, casinos, opium dens, cocaine parlours, food courts serving dog meat, and secret factories”. Sounds friggin shady if you ask me–pun intended!



via Ministry of Type

1 comment:

Lynrei said...

have you seen the book? i received it last year for xmas. the walled city is now a park from what i remember, and only a wall remains.