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 +1976

    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:

  • night time television

    night time television

     7 hours ago

    Sci fi is real

  • Nostalgic Waves

    Nostalgic Waves

     7 hours ago

    The pods are a nice way of replacing the cage. Though it doesn’t have any room for your stuff. If only they could make them a bit bigger for storage then it would be a perfect solution. I remember Deus Ex revolution having pods as homes in Hong Kong. Kinda neat

  • personacualquiera2


     11 hours ago

    Now i know a little more that is happening in Hong Kong

  • T-Mass


     14 hours ago

    lol why would you want to live there anyways?

  • Christian Anthony C

    Christian Anthony C


    Wow fascinating

  • 满江红




  • Mayank Pant

    Mayank Pant


    Basically these are hostels for adults
    Isee no wrong here

  • Jodh Jassal

    Jodh Jassal


    South Korea no matter how I think about it is really depressing and now I may be wrong but I'm just going off what I've seen

  • Anthony Mendiola Navarro

    Anthony Mendiola Navarro


    Interest of the people is the interest of the market, it's the only reason why there is a market. The market cannot cross that jurisdictional boundary like it wants to but the government prevents that.

  • Shy Guy

    Shy Guy


    Hope these homes protect you from the Coronavirus

  • greenbanana1001



    I feel a lot more grateful for my. Apartment

  • Miami Gaming Hoodie

    Miami Gaming Hoodie

     yesterday +2

    Hundreds of thousands of people living in cages with almost no possessions. Disgrace to humanity

  • George Carpelan

    George Carpelan


    Yeah, cause communism is the actual threat to Hong Kong. Jesus Christ, grow up bootlickers.

  • Li 123

    Li 123

     2 days ago

    Hong Kong is rich, but the cost is that grassroots citizens have to deal with high housing prices for a small residence.

    Btw, wealthy people there are having an entirely different experience.

  • Scott J

    Scott J

     2 days ago +1

    wow.. bernie sanders needs to go to Hong Kong and help them out



     2 days ago

    I thought Monaco had the most expensive real estate at 48,000 per square....... Meter. How is this more expensive?

  • Martha Perdew

    Martha Perdew

     2 days ago

    I live with my youngest son and his wife and kids, I have a room ,food ,medicine heat and AC and people who love me ,I can't complain

  • Nisha


     3 days ago

    "Freest economy on the world", with people living in boxes? What's to be proud about the free economy, if people are living worse off than animals?
    This is an artificially created situation and no one is protesting against this? Seems to me, after a while people get used to or accept anything. Even such indignities, as if it were their fate.

  • Sham Spams

    Sham Spams

     3 days ago

    Half the towers you see when you enter Hong long are in great shape but are abandoned