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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

Kowloon 九龍 is the densely populated part of Hong Kong 香港 immediately to the north of Hong Kong Island itself. It is a much more local and arguably authentic place, less fancy than the island, although there are many upscale places down near the southern tip.

Aug 2016
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Nga Tsin Wai: The Last Walled Village of Kowloon

Nga Tsin Wai Village 衙前圍村 is widely known as the last walled village of Kowloon 九龍. Located not far from the former location of the infamous Kowloon Walled City 九龍城寨,…
Apr 2015
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Postcards From Kowloon 九龍明信片

Kowloon 九龍 was my first experience of Asia back in 2012. Anytime I return to Hong Kong 香港 I stay there for at least a couple of nights. It helps…
Apr 2015

An Abandoned Slaughterhouse in Kowloon

Urban exploration in Hong Kong 香港 usually involves getting out to the New Territories and one of the outlying islands. There isn’t much to see on the big city streets,…
Apr 2015

A Pilgrimage to the Site of Kowloon Walled City

On my third trip to Hong Kong 香港 I made a pilgrimage to the site of the legendary Kowloon Walled City. Almost nothing remains of the city apart from the…
Apr 2015

Return to Mong Kok

Greetings, once again, from Mong Kok 旺角! This was my first stop in Asia back in 2012, an experience I recounted at length in Letters from Mong Kok, also the…
Apr 2014

Up The Walls of The World City

When I first found myself within the immensity of Hong Kong 香港 I was awestruck with the scale of the place. Hong Kong is so unimaginably vast, there seems no…
Apr 2014

The Timeless Market Streets of Sham Shui Po 深水埗

The market streets of Sham Shui Po seem drab and muted compared to those at the southern tip of Kowloon 九龍. Even at night these streets seem uncharacteristically sedate. I…
Apr 2014

Polanski’s Nightmare

I am quite sure that Roman Polanski would be absolutely terrified of living in Kowloon 九龍. The old apartments blocks lining the arteries at the heart of the peninsula are…
Apr 2014

Inside the Courtyard at Mirador Mansions

Mirador Mansions 美麗都大廈 is right next to the more famous Chungking Mansions 重慶大廈 in Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙嘴, Hong Kong 香港. Like its more famous neighbour, Mirador is home to…
Apr 2014

The Infamous Chungking Mansions From The Rooftop

On my final day in Hong Kong 香港 I returned to Chungking Mansions 重慶大廈 for the third time to elucidate more of its secrets. Much to my surprise I found…