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  (Nov 13, 2018)

    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:

  • LadyKatie  (4 days ago)

    Good reporting. Seems it's time to bust up monarchy's!

  • Nadia Chua Goy  (5 days ago)

    Thanks, Vox! really love your videos <3

  • ziljin  (Aug 17, 2018)

    Sharing one toilet with like 10 other people? A living nightmare.

  • Kylie Staraway  (6 days ago)

    Dont you ever use a public toilet? Go to work toilet

  • Jojo McMudak  (6 days ago)

    libertarian utopia btw

  • Roman Jones  (Jan 3, 2019)

    these tall buildings are like an anxiety attack made physical

  • Space Wombat  (Feb 13, 2019)

    I agree, I cannot watch this as it is making me claustrophobic

  • Mike Pence Rule  (Feb 11, 2019)

    You should find your blanket.

  • brayo144  (Jan 15, 2019)

    What if a fire breaks out? These poor people will be roasted in their cages!

  • Candbot Chan  (9 hours ago)

    Except the earthquake thing, we don’t have earthquakes here.

  • Lilly Satou  (2 days ago)

    Imagine an outbreak of smallpox or tubercolosis in that cramped area. Yeesh...

  • travtotheworld  (Dec 29, 2018)

    Hong Kong's Problems:1) The government owns all the land.2) The government zones the land poorly.3) The government is a dictatorship without meaningful elections.Vox's Diagnosis:Taxes are too low.

  • Fleeing Glory  (15 hours ago)

    china does not require additional income they could simply lower the price and sell more land adding supply therefore lowering costs UBI isnt the only solution

  • Fleeing Glory  (15 hours ago)

    yes they did in the video they complain about corporate tax being to low linking it to high property lease this isnt the sorce of the problem though

  • BluesGypsy  (Jan 31, 2019)

    I much prefer living in a van or large car to this renting a closet with a communal space.

  • Bob 1  (2 days ago)

    +Ryan Chase : Badabing haha, love it. It's about solutions not moaning about a situation.

  • Ryan Chase  (3 days ago)

    +mel2k 5 gallon bucket with a pool noodle on the rim. Badabing.

  • Mike Morris  (Aug 16, 2018)

    Country people see this as hell. No matter how poor we are, at least we can look out the window and see trees.

  • Shiro Infires  (2 days ago)

    Believe me, city people see this as hell too. But China is something else man, people are thought to keep their Private feelings down and work hard for success. The reason there are people living in these conditions is that they don't have any other chance to exist

  • Cassandra Kemara  (3 days ago)

    Country people are rich in nz u need money to live in the country

  • Martijn B  (Dec 28, 2018)

    With that many people living on such a tiny amount of space a medical disaster is bound to happen

  • 80 Slim Shady's  (6 days ago)

    +yugi yoyo He isn't wrong mate, all virus outbreaks are from livestock and they mostly come from China and Africa

  • 80 Slim Shady's  (6 days ago)

    +punker4Real Most virus outbreaks are from livestock that have infected people like SARS, Influenza, Bird Flu etc, and you are right that a lot of outbreaks come from China, from their horrible farming practices and amount of people in cities that transfer these illness' quickly to each other.

  • Myelectric Bluechevy  (Dec 29, 2018)

    Funny how in the 🇺🇸 in some states it's illegal to build a tiny house(by one's choice) and in California it's illegal to live in your car because the rent's too high to pay, but Hong Kong's government is perfectly fine with their citizens living in cage home smaller than a parking space...

  • Ultimum Draco  (35 minutes ago)

    Honor Truth lmao plz explain why so many religious people are evil hypocrites who murder babies

  • Ultimum Draco  (36 minutes ago)

    aoeu256 so is the trump administration

  • Hitesh Kumar  (Dec 27, 2018)

    Inequality rising everywhereTime will comeOnly poor and rich will remainNo middle class

  • Mr Aclerny  (15 hours ago)

    Are you suggesting we need communism

  • Theo Quinn  (Jan 29, 2019)

    It's already happening to the US