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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  • Emily Pound
    Emily Pound  44 minutes ago

    Makes me realise I need to stop whining about my “small” kitchen in my 3 bedroom house 🤭🤭

  • Cali Dorsch
    Cali Dorsch  51 minutes ago

    Capitalism is the crisis.

    KANG MONSAI  2 hours ago

    Capitalism at its worst

  • Jim Cummings
    Jim Cummings  2 hours ago

    great to visit, but to live there, the quality of life is low. green spaces are mainly mountainous where no one can build anyway, or it would all be paved over too...

  • Ms Spears
    Ms Spears  2 hours ago

    This is what happens when China has given control back. Communism shows how the care of the person is like an animal. Can you imagine a fire?. Millions would die.

  • Jim Cummings
    Jim Cummings  2 hours ago

    i went to HK while living 9 yrs. in E and SE Asia, it's a shithole. certainly not made for humans.

  • john ouyang
    john ouyang  2 hours ago

    Hongkong is the place with the least human rights. People live in cages like animals. Feel sad for them.

  • sassy lovee
    sassy lovee  3 hours ago

    Omg!!!! I have to say I'm blessed God bless America! This is insane I'm claustrophobic just by watching this video

  • Matthew Pfeifer
    Matthew Pfeifer  3 hours ago

    Now I kinda realize why terrorists hate America not China

  • Lexi Ryder
    Lexi Ryder  3 hours ago

    This is sad!

  • Domenique Kane
    Domenique Kane  3 hours ago

    The lower fl keys is terrible on housing too. To rent a room in someone's house is $1400+ a month. A 1 bedroom apt is $2000+ ... just crazy

  • George Snow
    George Snow  5 hours ago

    Missing Vancouver BC, CA, ---- Toronto ON, is not as bad as Vancouver...

  • lorfalconswan
    lorfalconswan  7 hours ago

    I am grateful to live in San Diego. I bought a small two bedroom condo with 1.5 baths and a decent sized kitchen on a short sale for 167,000.00 USD. I wouldn't even have bought one being a renter all my life, but I was worried for my son's future. Rents are getting ridiculous here too with crap apartments going for 2 grand a month. How was he going to afford a place in 10 to 20 years? Now, the mortgage is 11 hundred and 3 hundred for hoa fees.

  • Ivan Aguirre
    Ivan Aguirre  8 hours ago

    Corrupt government

  • lorfalconswan
    lorfalconswan  8 hours ago

    That "space" at 0:49 is completely spotless and neat! I kept waiting for another shot of it. They're uber-organized.

  • Kayla g
    Kayla g  8 hours ago

    Very disturbing

  • Misha
    Misha  8 hours ago


  • Kelly Michel
    Kelly Michel  9 hours ago

    Look I do feel bad for people living like this but it boils down to one thing... overpopulation. Thanos had the right idea

  • Valeera
    Valeera  10 hours ago +1

    its fitting dog eaters belong in cages

  • lalalarebecca23
    lalalarebecca23  10 hours ago