China’s Incredible “Lost” Kowloon Walled City! A True-Life Crime Oasis!

Kowloon walled city

Welcome To Paradise – Chinese Crime Style!

I love travel. I love to see unique places. THIS IS SUCH A PLACE. Here is how this legendary city was described:

“It was one of the greatest unplanned wonders of the 20th century — a city of no taxes and no laws. A 6.9 acre cesspool of crime, trafficking, and unlicensed doctors that was once the most densely populated place on earth.”

Kowloon dentist office

Your Kowloon Dentist Will See You Now!

Welcome to Kowloon Walled City, an island of ill-repute just outside Hong Kong! It was a slice of criminal heaven that came to be after World War II, when the British and China were slicing up Hong Kong…but this area was overlooked, and became a crime-infested, mobster-controlled mecca!

China crime city

Kowloon had a population of 33,000 squeezed into the tiny lot – in fact, the city was 119 times denser at its peak than present-day New York City!

Writer William O’ Connell has a fascinating article in the Daily Beast, remembering Kowloon’s sordid past – it’s a terrific piece that you can see here:

He tells the incredible story of Kowloon Walled City – and what a story it is!


“The Lego-like city was built over decades, as residents simply stacked rooms one on top of another. The end result “looked formidable,” Girard tells Tech Insider, “but who knows?”

That’s right: “Lego-like” apartments simply stacked one on top of another. This comes from Tech Insider, which also has a great memoir of the city – with tons of great photos like this:

Kowloon walled city Hong Kong

This incredible city was a den of crime – a city SO packed with buildings that the daytime looked like THIS:

Legendary Kowloon walled city

Canadian Photographer Greg Girard took these photos in the late 80’s and they are all in the Tech Insider report.

You can click here for more pics and stories!

I love these iconic photos of a city now lost to time…as the article in The Daily Beast points out, the city was torn down in 1994 and replaced by new buildings and a park:


Kowloon may be lost forever, but there are plenty of other stories about China – for example, we have all read stories about how crowded the country is…here is an example:

crowded great wall of china

A Great “Packed” Wall!

Based on when you go, the Great Wall of China is a traffic jam! Read more here:

The Chinese also love to build amazing things, like this glass bridge:

China glass bridge cracks

But you know happens to glass – it cracks! click here to see the cracks that formed in this bridge!

Even with public transportation, a very packed China is always crowded:

Passengers board a train at a subway station in Beijing

Click here to see the most amazing subway crowding of all time!

Just a few reasons why I have to see this place!

Kowloon walled city Hong Kong

Categories: Books / Media, China, Exotic Travel, Memoirs, Politics, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized

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10 replies

  1. I always look forward to your posts, John always quirky and informative such gems you seem to find…I love it! Enjoy your travels 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    I love to travel in order to see things before they disappear, like this “lost” city now lost to time…


  3. I have only been to Beijing (and The Wall, which was quiet at the time) and would have loved to go further afield, including Hong Kong and Shanghai, but didn’t have the time. It is a fascinating place, undoubtedly.
    Best wishes, Pete.



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