Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

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Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes 5

When houses are the size of parking spaces.

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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Imagine quarantining in those small homes. God take care of these people

Author — OnlyOnRucha


When your bathroom is bigger than someone’s home

Author — ETHAN OS


I just realized how blessed I am to be living in a rural area in a comfortable house.

Author — Olga Konstan


This is very sad, putting business before human basic needs and dignity.

Author — Pauline Ng


-commit crime
-get life sentence
-live in cell bigger than the average home

Author — John Dou


This isn't living. This is barely surviving.

Author — Gothiqueluv


This is making my apartment feel like a mansion...

Author — Tsu okay


Her scratching and pinching her arm screams of anxiety and makes me sad.

Author — James Piscotto


When your bed is bigger than someone’s house-

Author — Orangeforever


I like how despite the living conditions of these people, you could tell the interviewer was still being respectful

Author — Not really Sure yet


London : property here is the most expensive
New York: hold my beer
Singapore : hold my beer
Hong Kong : hold my 1M dollar parking spot

Author — Klipklapklop •


that looks like a disaster waiting to happen in the case of a fire

Author — Webbit2019


Homeless people in the USA:
"God help those people."

Author — Emirhan Tekin


As a person living in a proper Condo/Apartment in Hong Kong, I am very grateful for my parents' hard work that allowed us to live in these good conditions.

Author — Amy WEN [08R08]


We don’t live in Hong Kong
We survive instead

Author — blue fuck


I cannot believe that some celebrities have the nerve to complain about the lockdown whilst they're in their millionaire's mansions. Imagine lockdown in one of these. This makes me remember how lucky I am to be living in an actual house.

Author — Insulam Archipelago


Putting people in cages for the benefit of large corporations. It's a modern day cyberpunk dystopia.

Author — W. L.


well, that's the result of the huge wealth inequality in hong kong
while billionaires live in their mansions, the low-income class are forced into these cage homes
over the two years since this video was posted, no real change has happened. things definitely got worse in the coronavirus crisis this year

Author — HM


I used to live in hk but my family wasn’t poor to live in these homes, I didn’t realise there were soo many of these. I feel bad

Author — Andrea Chan


I'm an urbanist at heart, but Hong Kong is just too much, even for me.

Author — ACB Films