The history of planning for Kowloon City

Lawrence W.C. LAI*, Mark Hansley CHUA

*Corresponding author for this work

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This short paper identifies from archival and published materials plans for a place called Kowloon City which had an Imperial Chinese military purpose and is now a public park (officially called ‘Kowloon Walled City Park’) after a long period of dispute over its jurisdiction. These plans were mostly produced by the colonial Hong Kong government that made the first planned attempt to clear the place of Chinese residents for a public garden in the 1930s, but this garden could only be built after the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. They testified to the fact that the City has always been planned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-112
Number of pages16
JournalPlanning Perspectives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • City of Darkness
  • history of planning
  • Kowloon City
  • town plans


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