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


     a years ago +1702

    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:

  • Depressed Squirrel

    Depressed Squirrel

     26 minutes ago

    This is what the whole world will be like soon. Mark my words...

  • Jesus H Christ

    Jesus H Christ

     11 hours ago

    Stop breeding so much

  • all in one channel

    all in one channel

     15 hours ago

    Wow after watching this video i feel like i m living in a big house... Although i m living in 2 bedrooms n lounge apartment... Thank you Allah

  • Bozica


     17 hours ago

    They pay so much for those !?

  • Soldier ofYHVH

    Soldier ofYHVH

     19 hours ago

    Hong Kong is becoming the resurrected Walled City!

  • Annette Powell

    Annette Powell

     22 hours ago

    Quite frightening, so many people all cramped together can’t be good for their mental health. They work so hard, they deserve better.

  • Abdul BS Mohammed

    Abdul BS Mohammed


    Hong Kong should follow Dubai model and start making small island around to create more space and keep their main land as it is and better living conditions for their people....

  • Cynthia Broyles

    Cynthia Broyles


    The rich government needs to step up and build affordable housing. No-one makes them so they don't have to. America, how about using some of our influence in that?

  • Epic world

    Epic world


    Is anyone knews the starting music ?

  • 其實寂寞



    Same story today.

  • Heisenberg



    It s simple.
    To much people on earth.😶

  • Nicholas Hirayama

    Nicholas Hirayama


    Seems like a failure

  • kubuspuchatek19833


     yesterday +1

    So this is the so-called progressive world? I'm so happy to be living in a more economically backward country but at least having a decent apartment and free time for my hobbies and my family...This is a sheer nightmare.

  • LEO



    Agenda 21?

  • T Dog

    T Dog

     yesterday +1

    I’d rather live in a cage than to listen to the intro music.

  • Anam Amer

    Anam Amer


    so after poultry farm animals now even humans are living in cages. we humans really are a walking disaster

  • brad Lancaster

    brad Lancaster


    They're trying to drive the people out of the country. Plain and simple. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Stranger



    I would just do a small crime like stealing something and live in a jail instead

  • Manuel


     yesterday +1

    How can to free up more land and thereby destroy nature be your solution? There is not a shortage of buildings in Hong Kong, it's the way they are used that needs to be regulated. Less office space more housing...