kowloon-walled-city-whole.jpg The walled city was my inspiration for the decrepit city that grew up on the site of Fisherman's Wharf in the Black Planet books. The settlement was torn down just a few years before I visited HK. There is now a park at that site.
The Kowloon Walled City was located just outside Hong Kong, China during British rule. A former watchpost to protect the area against pirates, it was occupied by Japan during World War II and subsequently taken over by squatters after Japan’s surrender. Neither Britain nor China wanted responsibility for it, so it became its own lawless city.:
Art Inspired by Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong: From Fritz Lang’s 1927 ‘Metropolis’ to Orwell, to Blade Runner – artists have long been fascinated with the dark horrors that a dystopian future represents. For many, Kowloon Walled City (torn down in the 90s by the colonial government) evoked many of these themes and thus, it has inspired many artists. Below are a few highlights.
Kowloon Walled City [KWC] - China demolished in 1992. 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect.