A seething mass of 33000 people crammed into two and a half hectares made Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City one of the most densly populated urban jungles ever. The chaotic mass of highrise buildings, alleyways and makeshift staircases had a rich history, but it became a haven for gangsters, prostitutes and all manner of illegal activities after the Second World War when scores of refugees sought solace in the Walled City. Kowloon Walled City enjoyed a strange relationship with Hong Kong, being mostly a sub-culture of it’s own and left mostly to it’s own devices by the British, it became largely Triad controlled in the 50s. It was eventually torn down and replaced with a park in the early nineteen nineties. WSJ has produced a lovely online rich media journal of Kowloon Walled City.
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