“Talks in Tai Kwun”: “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City”

“Talks in Tai Kwun”: “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City”

Date & Time

23 May 2019 6–9pm


JC Cube




Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong

Dubbed the "city of darkness", Kowloon Walled City was an area  triply neglected by Britain, Hong Kong and China despite its location at the heart of Hong Kong. In spite of official indifference, Kowloon Walled City became one of the world’s most densely populated places. Fuelled by urban legends, popular fascination about this unique community grows unabated 20 years after its demolition. Ian Lambot, one of the authors of City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City, will talk about the reality behind this extraordinary neighbourhood.

*This talk will be conducted in English.

“Talks in Tai Kwun” are held regularly to explore topics of local culture and heritage. Stay tuned for more!

Photo credit: Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

*The above content is provided by Royal Geographical Society.


Ian Lambot

Ian Lambot hails from Britain and trained as an architect, having worked for the Richard Rogers Partnership. He arrived in Hong Kong in 1979, where he lived for the next 18 years, soon becoming fascinated by the Kowloon Walled City. After stints running an architectural model-making studio, he worked at Foster and Partners on the early stages of the Hongkong Bank building. He then set up Watermark Publications, publishing in the years since numerous books on architecture and engineering, including four volumes on the work of Norman Foster and his own City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City. Mr Lambot now resides in the UK, where he designs and publishes books.

The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong

The Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong (RGS-HK) is the Hong Kong branch of the Royal Geographical Society. RGS-HK was established in 1995.The branch shares the same aims as the Society: it provides a forum where members can regularly meet and listen to leading local and international speakers from the world of geography and related sciences, exploration, travel, research, the environment and conservation. The RGS-HK holds some 65 lectures each year, which normally occur on a weekday evening. Lectures usually consist of a talk with accompanying slides followed by a question and answer session.  Most lectures cost $150 for members and HK$200 for non-members.  The branch also organises a gala dinner and an annual dinner events involving a lecture and a dinner. Moreover, RGS-HK organises several field trips in Hong Kong, holds an Annual Quiz Night and publishes an Annual Review.