Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable - despite the low reported crime rate in later years

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City was a former Chinese military fort turned into largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong. families used to live in 300 buildings. Kowloon Walled City was

Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable - despite the low reported crime rate in later years

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City - Greg Girard and Ian Lambot - Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable.

Kowloon Walled City was notorious for drugs and crime but many of its 50,000 residents lived their lives peacefully until it was demolished in the early 90s

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Walled city of darkness revisited in Hong Kong by Greg Girard + Ian Lambot. At one time, this was the most densely populated place on the planet.

Canadian photographer Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent five years getting to know the residents and taking pictures of the densely populated buildings

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

a tight fit : photography : kowloon walled city : china : greg girard & ian lamboth

Thousands of people went about their lives daily with many making do with what space they had to grow plants or hand washing on balconies above the busy shops and streets below

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

The city, lit up during the night, was the scene of the 1993 movie Crime Story starring Jackie Chan and includes real scenes of buildings exploding

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City: Remembering Hong Kong’s Chaotic City of Darkness

The area was made up of 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect and ungoverned by Hong Kong's health and safety regulations

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Ian Lambot and Greg Girard is raising funds for City of Darkness Revisited on Kickstarter! A unique record of life in Kowloon Walled City, before its demolition in 1993 the most densely populated place on the planet.

The shrieks of children playing on rooftops were frequently drowned out by the sounds of jet engines as aircraft powered through their final 100 metres on the runway at Kai Tak Airport

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot ventured into Kowloon Walled City from the late to early to capture the lives of it's many inhabitants.

A wall in a house is adorned with clocks and pictures of relatives

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Inside the Kowloon Walled City where residents eked out a grimy living in the most densely populated place on earth by photographer Greg Girard

Workers in a fish market prepare eels and other fish for sale to people living in the city

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City: Remembering Hong Kong’s Chaotic City of Darkness

The government spent around 2.7 billion Hong Kong dollars in compensation to the estimated 33,000 families and businesses. Some were not satisfied and tried to stop the evacuations

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Walled city of darkness revisited in hong kong by greg girard + ian lambot in ENVIRONMENTS

Grocery-store owner Chan Pak, 60, in his tiny shop on Lung Chun Back Road. He had a particular passion for cats and owned seven when this picture was taken

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

九龍城寨 / Kowloon Walled City Grocery-store owner Chan Pak, in his tiny shop on Lung Chun Back Road. He had a particular passion for cats and owned seven when this picture was taken

For many residents who lived in the upper levels of the city, ion in particular, the roof was an invaluable sanctuary: a 'lung' of fresh air and escape from the claustrophobia of the windowless flats below

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

the city of darkness revisited in hong kong by greg girard and ian lambot expands the record of hong kong's kowloon walled city 20 years after its demolition.

Daylight barely penetrates the rubbish-strewn grille over the city's Tin Hau Temple which was built in 1951 on an alley off Lo Yan Street

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City - Greg Girard and Ian Lambot - Daylight barely penetrates the rubbish-strewn grille over the city's Tin Hau Temple which was built in 1951 on an alley off Lo Yan Street.

Law Yu Yi, aged 90, lived in a small and humid third-floor flat with her son's 68-year-old wife off Lung Chun First Alley. The arrangement is typical of traditional Chinese values in which the daughter-in-law looks after her inlaws

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City was a former Chinese military fort turned into largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Kowloon Walled City was

A child with a grazed knee sits on a counter top in a tiny shop which sells essentials like toilet paper and canned foods. Cigarettes are also on display in a cabinet

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Young boy in family-run shop, Kowloon Walled City, Photo by Greg Girard

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