Daily Archives: April 7, 2013

VIDEO – Press Coverage of HK’s Third Pillow Fight Day 6

Hundreds gathered yesterday for HK’s Third International Pillow Fight Day in Central.

Hong Wrong will compile a definitive set of photos later next week. In the meantime – here are some media cuttings from the feathery carnage that engulfed Chater Garden yesterday afternoon, starting with BBC News – where the video was the 9th most-watched on their site…

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Oriental Daily (in Chinese)…

HISTORY – A Brief Visual History of Kowloon Walled City 40

Last week, the Wall Street Journal released a new 15-minute documentary about the notorious Kowloon Walled City, which was torn down by the colonial government in the 1990s. The collection below focuses more on the exterior with some early photographs and a few rare aerial shots…

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During the Sung Dynasty, between 960 and 1279, East Kowloon’s coastline was a series of salt pans. The Walled City was originally an outpost set up to manage the trade, though little else took place in the area until 1668 when 30 guards were stationed there. The intention was to defend Lei Yue Mun, Kowloon Bay, Hung Hom and Tsim Sha Tsui against foreign invaders and pirates.

It was developed into a small coastal fort in 1810 and was improved in 1847 following the arrival of the British. The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory of 1898 handed the New Territories over to Britain for 99 years, but excluded the Walled City which, by then, had a population of around 700…

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1898 – the year Britain took control of the New Territories

China was allowed to keep officials there as long as they did not interfere with the defence of British Hong Kong. The enclosed area measured 6.5 acres and included six watchtowers, four gates, several military offices, gunpowder stores, weapons stores and soldier’s quarters – all surrounded by canons.