zondag 19 december 2010

Kowloon Walled City


The Kowloon Walled City Park occupies one of the most historic sites in the territory.
After the war, high-rise tenements built without authority and completely lacking proper foundations mushroomed cheek by jowl over almost the whole site, and the Walled City with its dank alleyways became a notorious nest of drug divans, criminal hide-outs, vice dens and even cheap, unlicensed dentists.

In 1987, with the agreement of the Chinese authorities, the decision was taken to clear the area and build a park on the site which would incorporate as many remaining features as possible of the original buildings and other features.

Demolition was completed in April 1994 and despite decades of neglect and mis-use of the site, a rewarding number of relics was unearthed, nearly all of which were incorporated in the design or preserved as exhibits.
source:
Leisure and Cultural Services Department



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