Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes
Inside Hong Kongs cage homes

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When houses are the size of parking spaces. Follow Johnny on Instagram: Follow the Vox Borders watch page: Sign up for the Borders newsletter: With original music by Tom Fox: 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. Subscribe to our channel! Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit Check out our full video catalog: Follow Vox on Twitter: Or on Facebook:


brayo144 : What if a fire breaks out? These poor people will be roasted in their cages!

Draconlidz : I'm a hongkonger and this is true. We use our entire life to pay the mortgage for our tiny apartment, we don't call that living but survive, even our life were so hard but we wont forget who we are.

naghmama mazhar : cage homes? : Rest in Peace humanity.

AT80 Beats : I have family in Hong Kong, that are now recently being forced to move back to the UK due to these extortionate prices, even with full time banking jobs.

Clement Yau : Lmao 4:07 he was searching up Vox to see if it was a legit journalist site

徐少佑 : Living in a cage is an insult of humanity

Amy Chan : I am a Hong Kong student. The new government policy to release more public housing is to tighten the qualification of tenants. My family which has 5 members including my parents, my two brothers and me lose our qualification to live in public housing. This means we have to move away soon. The rent outside is unimaginably high. To save money for the future, my father don't allow me to eat outside, constrain the use of air conditioner, use a dim light, etc. I understand his worry but I still angry about it. We have conflict frequently. But I know many people use loopholes to let themselves qualified for the public housing, as my mum told me. I wonder whether some methods they use are legal. That's unfair. (Sorry for poor English. I just want to express my anger.)

Christinn : Who would rather live camping at those forest insted? 🙋‍♀️

Borno Zaman : The entire cyberpunk genre is basically just Hong Kong with slightly more spacious accommodations.

Ehn Raith : Hong Kong is the freest economy in the world if you're wealthy.

Roman Jones : these tall buildings are like an anxiety attack made physical

Momonoski : Human beings shouldn’t have to live like this, so WRONG!

manho : HK government: Freest economy on earth HK people: Lives in cages

Rexx Sade : The world is NOT a hard place to live. We make it harder for ourselves.

Music Fan : I just imagined living there and not being able to fart comfortably

andrewnicorn : These cages are seriously soul crushing to look at, I didn't know anything like that existed in a city like Hong Kong.

XamuraiS : Hong kong: *exsist* Businessman: *i t s f r e e r e a l e s t a t e*

Aleks : When you think you have it bad... Just think. You could always be in a Hong Kong cage apartment with three other people.

Lou Mio : I'll take "staying in America" for 100. Thanks Alex.

Theo Breakspear : "low taxes are good for the market" WHAT!? The absence of tax revenue forces the government to maintain a monopoly on land in order to keep operating! That's the definition of a dysfunctional market!

Faye Buenarte : if living in a rich country means to live expensively, i rather stay here where everything is cheap.

Philip Robertson III : Oh my freaking God....$300 a month for a cage???😱 I would literally jump out the window out of anxiety.... IF THERE IS ONE.

Woozi is Short he only 164cm : I'm happy they only use 14% of their land. So they're not really damaging the environment But I'm not happy with those people who lived in that cage house.

Cranberry Box : 5:45 just missed the traffic light and he is JAYWALKING

-shin GOD- : I feel like its Perfect place to die alone when you have no family

London Is my dear home : Go asking the people living in the streets of New York why they don’t move to Detroit? There are a lot of space out there in Detroit and the rent isn't expensive.

heyitschino : I hate seeing things like these that benefit the damn government! Gets me riled up wanting to overthrow the damn government! Majority of all government across the world is for their benefit and not the people.

小小俊 : I cried when I watch(I am a Hong Kong people) ,not just because I used to live in a like this , is because finally there is more people know this fact.(But fortually I live in a bigger place now about 450 sq ft.)

inegma29 : According to libs n dems socialism should fix that.

Haji84 : I would freak out if I lived in those cage homes

Angelo Miguel : When a country is Rich, Inequality rise.

John Smith : the new kowloon walled city baby!! I'm so pumped

My friend call me coach : Welcome to Australia there are a lot of area that you can build your heaven house

HY LAU : Just to be clear , these cages exist since British colonial time.

Singa1song : How can those claustrophobic people survive in HongKong?

The Trashman : These subdivided flats kind of remind of early Soviet Kruschevkas, except much taller and with smaller flats.

EyFmS : Vancouver this is whats coming for ya, keep it up!!

SpudForceable : We really are entering a dystopian cyberpunk age. Our future is going to resemble more Blade Runner than Star Trek.

Nada Majdy : These cage homes are my idea of an apocalyptic dystopia! I pray for each soul that has to live in these.

Ho Yan Cheung : I’m from Hong Kong (living in the uk) and I genuinely thought Hong Kong was a cheap place to live 😱

KD'sbeenhere Debnath : I cant imagine the situation caused by an earthquake over here

Angel Tjapkes : The government will never do anything to help the people


Lashan : When that old man said he'd been living in that cramped cage home for 2 straight years it broke my heart. I've lived in a windowless bedroom for a few months and I thought that was soul destroying enough 😥

Mei Suratinoyo : So basically it'd be cheaper to start a new life in another country. Which is only horrible. So many people being exploited by landlords.

ALEX L : And still many brand new constructions are built for the rich from mainland china.

The Senate : Place looks incredible tho, theres a reason people fight to live there.

Hanxi Guo : *Japanese Capsule Homes but On a Budget*

Prudence Lun : I am from Hong Kong and this is actually a very severe problem. However the government isn’t really doing much to solve the problem. They keep encouraging real estate companies to build fancy houses for speculation, a lot of them are actually emptied. This shows us how unfair our society is. I hope this problem will be solved, these people need our help. *We have to stick together more than ever.* And situation like this is all over the world, even in the richest cities. It’s sick.