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Kowloon Walled City: a 3D model of the densest place of earth

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Check out our official website: http://us.tomonews.net/ Check out our Android app: http://goo.gl/PtT6VD Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f ----------------------------------------­--------------------- April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the completion of the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City, a largely ungoverned slum that was once considered the densest settlement on Earth. The city, a unique urban experiment, housed about 50,000 people in just 300 buildings, which were crammed together into a living space that followed its own set of laws. Governed by the Chinese mafia known as 'the Triads', the city became famous in the 1980s for its brothels, casinos and opium dens. Living conditions were squalid, with cramped and dirty spaces, no direct sunlight, patchy or non-existent electricity, and no garbage collection. Nevertheless, the city's population grew fivefold in just 40 years, from 10,000 after World War II, reaching 50,000 people by 1990. Rent was cheap, with an average of just HKD35 a month (about US$4 today) and no taxes were charged or paid. It was therefore very attractive for doctors and dentists and manufacturers who could practice without licenses, or people who could not afford to live elsewhere. The city's unique political status and anarchic conditions, however, made it an embarrassment for the British government, who after a difficult eviction process, started tearing it down in 1993. The demolition ended in April 1994. A year later, the place was transformed into a Qing Dynasty style garden. This animation recreates the historical process that lead to the creation of this fascinating city, and eventually to its disappearance. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Check out our Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextmedia.gan Check out our iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/tomonews/id633875353 For news that's fun and never boring, visit our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TomoNewsUS Subscribe to stay updated on all the top stories: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-WqkTyKK1_70U4bb4k4lQ?sub_confirmation=1 Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Text Comments (73)
c benz (12 days ago)
Feel very sorry a bit
WeebSlayer (1 month ago)
This is the future
nathan neo (1 month ago)
Fake Taiwan News forgot to mention it was China who allowed the city to tear down
Tesseract 14 (3 months ago)
I feel like it would be a great idea to rebuild or something I mean not necessarily in the same place but it should be rebuilt
Randele Alcoran Arcilla (4 months ago)
Unlike in the Philippines, the shanty towns or squatter areas held in Metro Manila and among them to uncleaned esteros in Pasig River in Manila was throwned the garbage and many others are some dirty water and poisoned chemicals was never clean up first and here in Hong Kong was all houses and buildings in Kowloon Walled City turns to unquiet first to our place was not quiet here and unliked the Old Walled City of Intramuros in Manila was then built by the Spanish Colonization.
Caden's gaming 1427 (7 months ago)
That is kind of cool
Casual Hardcöre (10 months ago)
37 thousand people lived here, not 50k
sakurasoh (1 year ago)
Very informative. Tx
canonrebel626 (1 year ago)
Read "Chasing the Dragon," which was written from the perspective of a Christian missionary. The city was anything but happy. The city had no sewage and feces were dumped on you if you walked through the alleyways. The city had rampant child prostitution, terrifying drug dens, crime, and was run by the Triads.
Arjan Tigchelaar (1 year ago)
Dump garbage on the roof? Nonsense. At 1 kilogram per person per day for 30.000 people that's 30.000 KG per DAY. 900.000 kg per 30 days. For a year that's almost 11.000.000 kilogram!
Wandrative (1 year ago)
dont be too mathematical.. eventually they would have emptied the roof from time to time. And its 30,000kg on the roof of hundreds of buildings, and who in the world produces 1kg of trash per day?!!
whoobibi (1 year ago)
Because Kowloon Walled City was supposedly Chinese territory surrounded by British-controlled territory, it was effectively one of the few truly free, unregulated places in the world. And notice how the population boomed. The Chinese couldn't rule it, because they were cut off from it. The British didn't rule it, because they only held what they had under the same treaties. Yet people flocked there by the thousands and thrived. There is a lesson in that.
Blast King (1 year ago)
but there heroes too...
Ace (1 year ago)
whoobibi It wasn't exactly the safest place on earth, either. Having heroin addicts run around ripping cat's eyes out on the street. As much as I'm fascinated by the city, I don't think was a good place.
Arthur Heidt (1 year ago)
but in the end it was a beacon of freedom for all those chinese who felt insecure among british rules and regulations,
Arthur Heidt (1 year ago)
jes a beacon of freedom especially important for those who are afraid of britains countless regularieties its true that throug britains regularities hong kong was build well in the end but such an island was necessary for people who were afraid of the unknown and the unused.
whoobibi (1 year ago)
It was a beacon of freedom for Chinese who wanted to be free of both British AND PRC rule.
Arthur Heidt (1 year ago)
not really it was a nonbritish enclave the british simply tolerated it because u have alway some people who want to keep a little bit of the old ways
Ginger Biscuit (1 year ago)
Actually it was british...
Observer (1 year ago)
China is NOT a country, Song, Ming, Qing are the real countries. PRC have no rights to claim anything used to belong to Qing or Ming.
Leslie Wen (9 months ago)
Observer prc literally is the acronym for people's republic of China dumbass
Deez n (1 year ago)
Observer (1 year ago)
+QwDHi The First It doesn't matter "China" is recognized by who, if it is wrong, it is time to correct it. :) "China" never existed as a country, PRC can't use "China" to represent itself in any circumstances. They can only use PRC, or "屁咬屎" :)
Mental (1 year ago)
It is recognised and it is independent but i agree it should leave Qing & Ming stuff alone.
swampzoid (3 years ago)
G (3 years ago)
what equivalents of this city do we have today?
Lex60 (1 year ago)
Can only think in Brazilian favelas and Indian districts, but still not so packed as Kowloon used to be. Is like, yes they are very populated and had compacted housing, but their inhabitants can see the sky and have a bit more of freedom. Kowloon was like a box.
Mr Bean (1 year ago)
Russian and Romanian Public housing
Nelson Joppi (1 year ago)
eu sei cara, eu sou brasileiro huahua, mas entao acho que o mais próximo que temos hoje de kowloon sao as favelas da india tipo a dharavi +x0fiz
Nelson Joppi (1 year ago)
1.2 million per square kilometer? nope
Nelson Joppi (1 year ago)
nope, not close
914050a (4 years ago)
More videos like this, please.  It was well thought out, informative, interesting, and the animation was top notch, 
J Why (4 years ago)
Wow wouldve loved to have seen a documentary before it was destroyed would make a nice action anime
NightWolfXVI (4 years ago)
People love these types cities cause you can get away with anything, I can understand people that uses to live in those places when your young.
Blow-Up Bunny (4 years ago)
Wow! That was a lot of information packed into four minutes. A pretty interesting piece overall. Good on you, Tomo!
SAM MASK (4 years ago)
I bet all kinds of crazy shit happens there
DemonicGoat (4 years ago)
Only those who are allowed by the chinese mafia buddy ;)
pnsmexico (4 years ago)
I remember this joint from call of duty: black ops 1...I thought it still existed...[:-{
Sonny Higham (4 years ago)
Jonathan Kelsey (4 years ago)
*Call of Duty: Black Ops!*
Lazy SoFa (4 years ago)
High taxes and rent now. 
straydogg13 (4 years ago)
wonder what the crime rate was there? Probably way less than in the states.
DemonicGoat (4 years ago)
+xcvsdxvsx  Kowoloon City was like living in the acient city of rome (In the late period). Cover by diseases nasty plagues and shit...litearlly.
xcvsdxvsx (4 years ago)
I cant imagine it was too bad if there was more desire to live there than anywhere else on the entire planet.
ComeSweetDeath (4 years ago)
+BiohazardCrow That mafia would also rape your wife,sisters and daughters if they felt so or if they were bored.
DemonicGoat (4 years ago)
+straydogg13  Yes. In this case the triads are so powerfull that they can whipe out an entire generation. Just like in Rio de Janeiro villages or Kowloon city they rule by fear. Psyco murders (like ted bundy style) or even a common thief/robber have no place in this places because that will make tourist to leave, drugs addicto to move away = Bad businness. "So choose: Live poor or No live at all. But no crime or else your familiy will pay"
straydogg13 (4 years ago)
+BiohazardCrow so you mean punishment deters crime even when the people are poor? Here in the states they make excuses for scumbag murderers because they had no choice cuz they are poor.---its absurd.
ZMowlcher (4 years ago)
What a hell hole.
ZMowlcher (1 year ago)
+xcvsdxvsx Are people supposed to be ants? Jesus Christ I forgot how much of a babbo you were. Keep defending shit and enjoy the mute.
xcvsdxvsx (1 year ago)
+ZMowlcher I cant believe people chose to think with emotion over rationality.
ZMowlcher (1 year ago)
+xcvsdxvsx Lol I don't care anymore. I can't believe you're still buttmad over this.
xcvsdxvsx (1 year ago)
+ZMowlcher Of course it was a choice. He had feet didn't he? Pick a direction. Any direction. North south east west. Pick it and start walking. There you have it. Choice. What im trying to do is get to to stop blaming your friends single best option for the shittyness of his life. If kowloon didn't exist he would have had to go somewhere else that would have been even worse for him. In that sense kowloon was a very good thing indeed. Its existence made his life better than it would have been had it been absent. For this it should be praised. That it was a shitty place compared to where ever you live or I or your friend live now is not relevant to this discussion.
ZMowlcher (4 years ago)
+xcvsdxvsx My friend thinks your crazy. He said Kowloon wasn't much of a choice. It was either the streets of Hong Kong or the city of darkness, neither of which was appealing. He told me he was lucky and nabbed a place on the outer rim of the city. He told me, to tell you, Kowloon was a bad place to be. It was worse than the streets. The second he got he cash he left that place. Do you understand now?

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