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Kowloon Walled City
|Date:||2020/6/15 (Monday) to 2020/12/31 (Thursday)|
|Time:||Library Opening Hours|
|Venue:||Hong Kong Central Library (5/F Current Newspapers and Periodicals Reading Area)|
|Organiser:||Hong Kong Public Libraries|
The Kowloon Walled City, as one of the very constructions in Hong Kong’s modern history, bore witness to local social development since World Wars. The living environment in the walled city was abominable for its over-dense population, illegally constructed buildings, insufficient water and power supplies, and poor sanitary condition. On the other hand, beyond the reach of law and governance of the colonial government, the British government, and the Chinese government, the walled city was well-known as "City of Anarchy" filled with prostitution, gambling, drug trafficking, and other criminal elements. Upon the community services provided by voluntary neighborhood association and different charity organisations, the living condition of the walled city’s residents got slight improvement. Following the government’s demolition plan announced in 1987, the walled city has become the collective memories of a certain generation. Through various newspaper clippings from the library collection, this thematic exhibition presents the history and unique scenes of the walled city in retrospect.