Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • When houses are the size of parking spaces.
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    Hong Kong is the most expensive housing market in the world. It has been ranked as the least affordable housing market on Earth for eight years in a row, and the price per square foot seems to be only going up. The inflated prices are forcing Hongkongers to squeeze into unconventionally small spaces that can affect their quality of life.

    Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are living in spaces that range from 75 to 140 square feet. To put that in perspective, the average parking space in the US is about 150 square feet. And in the most extreme cases, Hongkongers have resorted to homes the size of a coffin.

    I spent some time exploring the living situation in Hong Kong to find out why housing has become so expensive and spaces so tight.

    To understand how Hong Kong’s housing market turned out this way and see how it’s affecting people’s lives, watch the final episode of Borders Hong Kong.

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  • Vox
    Vox  11 months ago +1355

    Cage homes are just one fascinating product of Hong Kong's unique composition and history. For more check out the full Vox Borders Hong Kong playlist here:

  • Some random dude
    Some random dude  an hour ago

    if you see the streets closely you will notice cars like bentley 2:19 and other , and then you see the homes of the biggest part of the population...

  • B ahams
    B ahams  3 hours ago

    it is free to live in jail .

  • Deruzzi
    Deruzzi  4 hours ago

    And I thought singapore was small

  • Bhargav Radhakrishna

    This is no's inhuman.

  • 朱旼
    朱旼  7 hours ago

    wrong, totally wrong. HK government hasn't sold any land for 10 years because some really rich guys want their poverty to increase. And pro-democracy senator using environmental issue and the human right of the minority to stop the government to sell lands, so they can get the votes. Because of 1997 Asian financial crisis, Hong Kong's land value crashed into the garbage in the following years. To save the real estate market and the "middle-class" who bought a house, Hong Kong stops Welfare housing for 10 years (2004 to 2014).

    You should ask why there was a 1997 Asian financial crisis in the first place.

    BTW, you know why the Hongkong government owns all the land? because the queen used to own all the land.

  • antiheist anarchist

    Maximum capitalism never means maximum return for the working people. Living places with no space and any dignity is the best they ca hope for.

  • Bananana The Banana

    I love the economy

  • Hector Hector
    Hector Hector  15 hours ago +1

    Baron Corbin made it Expensive

  • Julian - P
    Julian - P  15 hours ago

    why dont they just move to mainland china? i mean if they work with small income they rather move out and find job to more cheaper area. even if their income is small, they can still live in better place. if they keep living in HK, they'll never go anywhere.

  • facts ahoy
    facts ahoy  16 hours ago

    Just released a facts video on Hong Kong. Check it out!

  • Cleopatra Starseed
    Cleopatra Starseed  17 hours ago

    I mean, why do people keep moving to Hong Kong?

  • Rome CempZ
    Rome CempZ  19 hours ago +3

    I feel so bad for old people living in the cage house. Life is so cruel for them

  • ClayMC
    ClayMC  22 hours ago

    Thanks again to Chinese developers and business man -.- great job... now i can understand even more, how people from hong kong are standing up against "the rest of china" and the government...

  • StillShadows1987
    StillShadows1987  23 hours ago +4

    "houses cost 20 times annual income"

    Sounds like everywhere.

  • SoLucky8
    SoLucky8  23 hours ago


  • Panic pickle
    Panic pickle  yesterday

    'Guys we need more buildings'
    Builders - 'Okay' CTRL C , CTRL V x 100

  • extus mutanda
    extus mutanda  yesterday

    Well well well..! Back to loving being an African with vast unused cheap dry land with unexploited diamonds, which we don't give a f*k about

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