Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was once considered the most densely populated area on Earth. Over 33,000 people resided on a tiny two and a half hectares of land that surprisingly was disputed by both Chinese and British authorities – meaning neither country would claim it as their own. Though this vertical slum was known for its high crime rate, it had become an economic hub with factories, cheap shops, and a strong community spirit. This fascinating place is now the basis of the Crazy Borders documentary series which provides viewers with an up-close look at life inside Kowloon Walled City.
The city’s population soared despite its lack of infrastructure and basic services such as sanitation, sewage disposal, and public safety. The overcrowding created an impenetrable network of alleys and corridors where crime flourished. Yet despite its lack of regulation or enforcement from either Chinese or British authorities, the city was home to countless small businesses which provided daily necessities to its citizens. Its residents also created an incredibly strong sense of community with many religious organisations functioning within the city walls providing much needed healthcare for those living there.
Crazy Borders’ documentary series features interviews with former residents who recall fond memories of living in Kowloon Walled City while also noting its darker elements such as drug trafficking and violence associated with triads and gangs. The documentary makers explore how individuals were able to survive in these challenging urban conditions – offering viewers insight into how resourceful people were able to thrive under duress.
We invite you to join us on our journey through Kowloon Walled City – exploring how this unique city shape-shifted over time in spite of constant pressure from authorities outside its walls. As former