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 +1706

    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:

  • Ann Cruze

    Ann Cruze

     6 hours ago

    Downsizing....since the mid 70s... selling 1 bedroom apartments as condos... in the U.S. as the corruption knew that the huge wave of profit wars the migration would be given 1 to 3 percent loans to buy business and these condos. And it worked... no do set Tom Staeyer hedge fund billionaire runninh for Democrat President....his idea to solve the housing crises was to build these urban housing 170 as ft ... so he can bank more billions on goverment grants ... WHO STARTED THE HOUSING CRISIS IN THE FIRST PLACE ...TOM!

  • CompilatioNad


     7 hours ago

    Just stop making babies 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

  • Timothy Hunt

    Timothy Hunt

     10 hours ago

    This is sad

  • D Larson

    D Larson

     10 hours ago

    Thats not living.

  • Suzy B

    Suzy B

     10 hours ago

    So are you actually advocating for more land to be gobbled up for housing? How about population control being implemented in these areas so we dont have more trees removed for human housing.

  • JethroSneebs


     13 hours ago

    These cages are a fire hazard. I worry the Chinese government and complicit developers will only wake up after a tragedy occurs.

  • Seabastion


     14 hours ago

    Am I the only who thinks Hong Kong is strangely beautiful.

  • jj jj

    jj jj

     15 hours ago

    you know hong kong, China has plenty of land. think about it

  • Dante Black

    Dante Black

     16 hours ago

    Annoying background sounds

  • Depressed Squirrel

    Depressed Squirrel

     19 hours ago

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

  • Jesus H Christ

    Jesus H Christ


    Stop breeding so much

  • all in one channel

    all in one channel


    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



    They pay so much for those !?

  • Soldier ofYHVH

    Soldier ofYHVH


    Hong Kong is becoming the resurrected Walled City!

  • Annette Powell

    Annette Powell


    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


     2 days ago

    Same story today.