Kowloon Walled City of Hong Kong was once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks.
The city comprised 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect.
By the early 1980s, Kowloon was notorious for brothels, casinos, cocaine parlours and opium dens. It was also famous for food courts which would serve up dog meat.
Many of the residents protested the city’s imminent demolishing and said they were happy living in the squalid conditions. Nevertheless, the government spent $2.7 billion Hong Kong dollars in compensation to residents, and evacuations started in 1991. They were completed in 1992.
Canadian photographer Greg Girard, in collaboration with Ian Lamboth, spent five years photographing the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished.