Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

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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.




💬 Comments on the video
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Imagine quarantining in those small homes. God take care of these people

Author — It's Ritu

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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

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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 •

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Even jail cells are more spacious than these claustrophobic confines.

Author — Terrence W.

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It's like HK is trying to break the record in the most lethal earthquake.

Author — CEO of Incest Inc.

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This isn't living. This is barely surviving.

Author — Gothiqueluv

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When your bathroom is bigger than someone’s home

Author — Ethanos Wuhan

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After watching this I actually felt very rich and blessed.

Author — KAshif KhAn

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

Author — Pauline Ng

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God forbid a large fire break out in those buildings. Hundreds of people would be condemned to death.

Author — Maurice Rivers

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Imagine that: no family, no wife, no children, earning pennies, in poor health, ageing, eating bad food, and living in a filthy, moldy apartment, in a cage that still costs most of your paycheck in rent.
What in the world.

Author — Benaiah Sampson Benker

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Government: SOCIAL DISTANCE
Ppl live in cages: How?

Author — help help help help help

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

Author — Not really Sure yet

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To be honest, I'd prefer to be homeless and move around than live in those cage homes. Poor people, I hope they're ok during these hard times 😭

Author — Loli Loki

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And I thought life in India was hard... god forgive me for this ..

Author — The Real

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This really shows me how ungrateful I can be

Author — Julian Duran

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If you’re into dystopia content this is the bees knees.

Author — Djobo Kuwali

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I wonder how they manage to social distance themselves..

Author — k a e y l a

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It's Kowloon Walled City all over again.

Author — Mahiro Akihito

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People talk about hating themselves for complaining about their life?

THATS NOT THE POINT

The point is horrible policy and terrible use of reasources

Author — Noah Henderson