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Old January 30th, 2006, 06:01 AM   #81
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Wow... This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. How did it not collapse under its own weight from lack of structural planning?

I've strolled through the park that replaced it. Very beautiful, perfect location inside Kowloon!
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Old January 30th, 2006, 06:09 AM   #82
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Wow... This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. How did it not collapse under its own weight from lack of structural planning?

I've strolled through the park that replaced it. Very beautiful, perfect location inside Kowloon!
Again, the park itself is a great contrast from the former strucutures
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:36 AM   #83
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Wow... This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. How did it not collapse under its own weight from lack of structural planning?

I've strolled through the park that replaced it. Very beautiful, perfect location inside Kowloon!
Very good question.... Wish someone could answer it...

Anyone knows if the place has lifts (elevators)?
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:46 AM   #84
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Very good question.... Wish someone could answer it...

Anyone knows if the place has lifts (elevators)?
Hard to say but when it comes to engineering, HK is an expert to that. I have never heard of any building collapsing in HK even illegal structures.

From what I know, there are no lifts in the KWC but staircases.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #85
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Woah, climb 14 storeys on foot every day?
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:57 AM   #86
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Woah, climb 14 storeys on foot every day?
It's good for the heart though
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Old January 30th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #87
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What I had heard about the KWC was the illegal dentists. They served in a very low price for the residents nearby and other HK people. Many of the dentists were University Graduates from China but the HK Govít didnít accept their qualifications. They had no choice but to open the streetside shops in the KWC.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 11:18 AM   #88
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What I had heard about the KWC was the illegal dentists. They served in a very low price for the residents nearby and other HK people. Many of the dentists were University Graduates from China but the HK Govít didnít accept their qualifications. They had no choice but to open the streetside shops in the KWC.
The one with the illegal dentists are interesting. There are some who go to these dentists and the licensed ones.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:20 PM   #89
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I actually visited the site years back when it was still running. It's wack that the site was down but it was actually a very informative webstie despite being in Japanese. They did took alot of photos and to tell you, the conditions inside the KWC was hell!
Hey, so they had a site with photos before? Do you remember what the name of the site was? It might be possible that is has been archived by the Internet Archive.

By the way, thanks for posting this thread, I've been looking for information on the KWC since December when I just heard about it.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 10:55 PM   #90
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I don't like it. It looks like a poor highrise ghetto.
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Old January 30th, 2006, 11:16 PM   #91
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MVRDV did an article on it in their book FARMAX with sections plans pictures etc. very good for those of you seeking info on KWC and how it maximized FAR = Floor Area Ratio.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 02:46 AM   #92
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so what did they do about plumming. I can see them building this but the plumming in that structure must be killer.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 04:32 AM   #93
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Hey, so they had a site with photos before? Do you remember what the name of the site was? It might be possible that is has been archived by the Internet Archive.

By the way, thanks for posting this thread, I've been looking for information on the KWC since December when I just heard about it.
The site's name is Internet Kowloon Walled City. They also have a subsite on Chungking Mansions. BTW, only the Japanese version is running, the English one is under construction.

http://kowloon.main.jp/

Marco, it IS a high-rise ghetto!
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Old January 31st, 2006, 11:28 AM   #94
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Found it ! After a bit of digging, the page is in the web archives ...

http://web.archive.org/web/200202082...y/index_e.html (from the wikipidea discussion, duh !)
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Found it ! After a bit of digging, the page is in the web archives ...

http://web.archive.org/web/200202082...y/index_e.html (from the wikipidea discussion, duh !)
Yo thanks for the info
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Old January 31st, 2006, 12:59 PM   #96
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Found it ! After a bit of digging, the page is in the web archives ...

http://web.archive.org/web/200202082...y/index_e.html (from the wikipidea discussion, duh !)
Oh wow!!! Great find!

But the English isn't that good...
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Are there real streets inside?

Or are they just alleys?
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Hooray! Thanks for posting the links!
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Are there real streets inside?

Or are they just alleys?
Inside are alleys that run like labyrinths
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Old February 6th, 2006, 04:41 PM   #100
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"A MUST HAVE " for anyone interested in Kowloon or too just have the coolest book on the planet:

"City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City"
by Greg Girard, Ian Lambot
ISBN 1 873200 13 7
Watermark Publications LTD, UK 2001
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