Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable - despite the low reported crime rate in later years

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable - despite the low reported crime rate in later years

Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable - despite the low reported crime rate in later years

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Over time, both the British and the Chinese governments found the massive, anarchic city to be increasingly intolerable - despite the low reported crime rate in later years

Kowloon Walled City was notorious for drugs and crime but many of its 50,000 residents lived their lives peacefully until it was demolished in the early 90s

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Kowloon Walled City was notorious for drugs and crime but many of its 50,000 residents lived their lives peacefully until it was demolished in the early 90s

Canadian photographer Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent five years getting to know the residents and taking pictures of the densely populated buildings

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Canadian photographer Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent five years getting to know the residents and taking pictures of the densely populated buildings

Thousands of people went about their lives daily with many making do with what space they had to grow plants or hand washing on balconies above the busy shops and streets below

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Thousands of people went about their lives daily with many making do with what space they had to grow plants or hand washing on balconies above the busy shops and streets below

The city, lit up during the night, was the scene of the 1993 movie Crime Story starring Jackie Chan and includes real scenes of buildings exploding

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

The city, lit up during the night, was the scene of the 1993 movie Crime Story starring Jackie Chan and includes real scenes of buildings exploding

The area was made up of 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect and ungoverned by Hong Kong's health and safety regulations

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

The area was made up of 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect and ungoverned by Hong Kong's health and safety regulations

The shrieks of children playing on rooftops were frequently drowned out by the sounds of jet engines as aircraft powered through their final 100 metres on the runway at Kai Tak Airport

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

The shrieks of children playing on rooftops were frequently drowned out by the sounds of jet engines as aircraft powered through their final 100 metres on the runway at Kai Tak Airport

A wall in a house is adorned with clocks and pictures of relatives

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

A wall in a house is adorned with clocks and pictures of relatives

Workers in a fish market prepare eels and other fish for sale to people living in the city

Kowloon Walled City: A rare insight into one of the most densely populated places on earth which housed 50,000 people

Workers in a fish market prepare eels and other fish for sale to people living in the city

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