Home to 40,000 people at its height, Kowloon Walled City was by far the most densely populated place on earth. On a site measuring roughly 200 by 100 metres were squeezed some 350 buildings, rising 14 storeys or more and so tightly packed there was rarely space between them. Every available nook and cranny was inhabited, while the connecting alleys, stairways and corridors were reduced to an absolute minimum. Find out here how the City came about and how it continued to operate so…
Michael Wolf was born in Munich, Germany. He grew up in the USA and studied at UC Berkley and at the University of Essen in Germany. He has been living and working as a photographer and author in China for ten years.
Street markets in Hong Kong are held all the days except few traditional Chinese holidays like Chinese New Year. Stalls opened at two sides of a street were required to have licenses issued by the Hong Kong Government. In Hong Kong there are street markets of various kinds such as fresh foods, clothing, cooked foods, flowers, and even electronics. Yin Chong Street Fresh Food Market Sham Shui Po Hong Kong • 香港 '10
For all its outrageousness as an architectural phenomenon, Kowloon Walled City was first and foremost a community. And it was this grounding that allowed what should by all rights have been impossible to survive as an enduring reality. With the help of our indispensable assistant Emmy Lung, we were able to record the stories of a number of Walled City residents and learn what it meant to make a home there. Here is a sample of what they told us.