Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

  • に公開 2018/08/15
  • When houses are the size of parking spaces.
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    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.
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コメント数 • 11 791

  • Vox
    Vox  20 時間 前 +10

    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:

  • Shabih_E Zainab
    Shabih_E Zainab 3 時間 前

    I feel claustrophobic watching this literally I had a fast heart beat and felt anxious

  • Fini D.
    Fini D. 4 時間 前

    That there's so much free land even though there ares I many people is one of the mane reasons why Hongkong is so beautiful. It gives the city a unique feeling that no other city has.

  • Ibn Taymiyyah
    Ibn Taymiyyah 5 時間 前

    I'd rather build a simple hut in the forest.

  • Bosque Harris
    Bosque Harris 5 時間 前

    Imagine if someone farted in that room...

  • Richard Hogan
    Richard Hogan 6 時間 前

    Intro music is nice. Thanks for the info from the video.

  • GraceDcastle
    GraceDcastle 6 時間 前

    Damn, I lived in a 1 x 2.5 mts room for 3 years (obvs kitchen and bathroom shared with other people) and it was a freaking nightmare 80% of the time, but damn, at least I had a tiny window from where I could watch a couple of trees and some air entered. I can't imagine what living in one of those coffins is. Really a sad situation

  • GraceDcastle
    GraceDcastle 7 時間 前

    And people still think that not having children makes you a selfish person because of course we need more people in this not at all overwhelmingly populated world... Ha! *hysterical laugh*

  • Hafiel Rahaputra
    Hafiel Rahaputra 7 時間 前

    $267 a month for that cage house? Damn.... You can get 2 bedroom, in a nice apartment here in Jakarta.

  • Lil Blockchain
    Lil Blockchain 8 時間 前

    I'm mean if you're only paying $250 a month for that small space you should have plenty of cash left over to spend outside of your home.

  • LucifeL MartelL
    LucifeL MartelL 9 時間 前

    The communists have always been hand in hand with the Jews.... And yes the status quo is what that matters.. And this ain't going to change. Makes you question what was the revolution all about?

  • Garthgoyle
    Garthgoyle 9 時間 前

    Damn. And I thought that living in Japan was bad.

  • Izuhara Torozu
    Izuhara Torozu 10 時間 前

    The world would be a better place if there were 1/2 the amount of people there are now and it stayed like that....

  • Britt Pomales
    Britt Pomales 10 時間 前

    a small room is better than a cage. if you got a window you are lucky.

  • orlando hamilton
    orlando hamilton 11 時間 前

    First of all, if yu tried paying 267 us dollars a month on rent in any big city, thats all yu would get. Secondly free more beautiful land to get wiped out and turned into cities thats constantly kill our planet??? 🤔 interesting

  • Sk8 Rail
    Sk8 Rail 12 時間 前


  • Maro D
    Maro D 12 時間 前

    9:26 "And put the interests of the people above the interest of the market"
    That's not the time we are living in right now.

  • nkooutsider
    nkooutsider 13 時間 前 +2

    We need Thanos

  • Dogy Doo
    Dogy Doo 13 時間 前

    I'd rather live in the wild

  • Charlie Chuckles
    Charlie Chuckles 13 時間 前

    Can these people not commute to work?

  • Jay Pearce
    Jay Pearce 14 時間 前

    One acre of land and a 39000 square foot house in the USA, cost 250k.... they are stupid!!!!! They aren’t the best economic entity... they are stupid!!!!! Government rips them off!!!!

  • Mark
    Mark 14 時間 前

    Ah Vox, always throwing a dose of socialism/communism in the mix.

  • ibetatestedyourmother
    ibetatestedyourmother 14 時間 前

    Tell em to stop having kids

  • Jasleen Sohel
    Jasleen Sohel 15 時間 前

    Hygiene levels there have shooted up through sky........

  • Let's Talk North Carolina

    All those people in one small space?Your going to fight and get on each other's nerves.I couldn't do it.

  • SSYabuddy
    SSYabuddy 17 時間 前

    This place sucks lol

  • WannaSeeWhatYouGot
    WannaSeeWhatYouGot 20 時間 前

    "There's a lot of green space" are you stating that we should be cutting down the whatever trees we have to build more houses?

  • Audio6195
    Audio6195 21 時間 前

    Could not fully breath throughout the video

  • 20320456 Kaneki
    20320456 Kaneki 22 時間 前

    Nature is what makes Hong Kong beautiful!

  • James Robert
    James Robert 22 時間 前

    this was so well done! everything from the edit to the level of research was perfect!

  • Brenda Miller
    Brenda Miller 日 前

    It's a real problem, I know, but the capsules look sick af.

  • S.Y ARMY!
    S.Y ARMY! 日 前

    I am very exited to go to HK I can speak very little Cantonese.🤫

  • halee mao
    halee mao 日 前

    well they over produce babies. now they look like hampsters in cages.

  • BananaCorn
    BananaCorn 日 前 +1

    I heard that sometimes in a Hong Kong you can reach out of your window and touch another block. I’m not sure how true this is.

  • Corbin Davies
    Corbin Davies 日 前

    All your jargon comes down to deforestation so more people can fill a space breed and repeat, this is short sighted and foolish. Innovating space usage of the living spaces we have and using population control will be the most sustainable path to any economy’s future and long term prosperity.Your path will destroy the world and turn proud economy’s into the Ozymandias of tomorrow!

  • imprisoned mindz

    Always wanted to live in Hong Kong, having second thoughts now :D

  • Yanan My baby
    Yanan My baby 日 前

    Okay b u t
    Houses/dorms/apartments like this are everywhere in Asia it’s not only Hong Kong they might not be cage homes but they are like this I mean kpop idols can live with up to 10 members in a little bit bigger dorms. It’s also really popular in Hong Kong where they are running outta room for everyone

  • Fotis Mark
    Fotis Mark 日 前

    its capitalism... USA USA USA

  • Julian Sung
    Julian Sung 日 前

    And the Chinese are buying apartments in Hong Kong to store cash. They got it through corruption so they can't save it through their banks, so they buy apartments here in Hong Kong where the Chinese government can't catch them just to store cash

  • Smdumpster
    Smdumpster 日 前

    My dad lives in Hong Kong and he lives with 6 other people in one apartment and they all sleep in those sleeping capsules

  • Spens inthevalley

    Affordable housing isn't wanted in cities no matter how liberal you are or how liberal that city is. Just look at the sky rocketing of homelessness in major cities in the USA.

  • Constantine
    Constantine 日 前

    I feel suffocating only watching this.

  • iFaceYourPalm
    iFaceYourPalm 日 前

    This is so dehumanizing.

  • F**K Google+
    F**K Google+ 日 前

    Let's erase even more vegetation to make place for a non-stop growing population!

  • inderjeet kaur
    inderjeet kaur 日 前 +1

    What I have observed that in Hong Kong government owns all the land and they sell it out to real estate agencies to build the infrastructure. Government in return gets lot of revenue out of the bidding and leases. The taxes rates are quite low coz govt don't impose high taxes on citizens to earn revenue as they are getting it thru land. But in India, lands rates are high as well as the taxes rates. Atleast in Hong Kong you don't have to pay high taxes that's why they topped in economic index. In India both the things are high, buying the land and paying the taxes.

  • Lucky Lex
    Lucky Lex 日 前

    Sooo, I could buy 20 of those pods and rent them out to college kids and make my house a "novelty Japan" housing building lol.

  • Rahman Srez
    Rahman Srez 日 前

    im shocked Singapore is not even on the top 10 list!!

  • Raemnant
    Raemnant 日 前

    A tiny apartment for less than 300 a month? Why dont we have that in the U.S.? Where I live, income based housing is only for women and the elderly

  • lollypup buzz
    lollypup buzz 日 前

    This while 50% of housing in china is unoccupied that is around 5 million flats, just not occupied. Why not accommodate hong kong into main land china? De congest please. Don't forget to give me one flat in Shanghai. 🤗

  • Jonathon Balderas

    True giving the land out would help but for how long... To what price to the environment... And to what end.. to avoid cramped living for 200years when everybody has had more kids ... In the end islands are just looking at the problem we will all face one day... The earth isn't growing... Our population is... Time to look to the stars....

  • Luke Brusatori
    Luke Brusatori 日 前

    It's not a good idea just to chop down every tree on earth to fit more people.

  • Shane C
    Shane C 日 前

    Why would anyone want to live in Hong Kong? It's dirty, polluted, overpopulated, and expensive.

  • Dillon Compton
    Dillon Compton 日 前

    That's how it'll be here in America and what people are aiming for

  • Anna Russo
    Anna Russo 日 前

    don't need to see that guy's face all the time. otherwise, its very informative.

  • Micah Ingram
    Micah Ingram 日 前

    the gov should take a chunk of land build tiny homes for the people never to lease to another org. a tiny home needs a toilet, bed, food storage and prep, and a place for tv and charging phones laptops extra all powered by renewable energy sources. you can pile all this in a tiny yet open area... they wouldn't need to tax em just lease/rent them to the people... in turn freeing up area for more business opportunities therefore making more money...

  • Karen He
    Karen He 日 前

    At least I know they translate stuff right

  • iCynical PC's
    iCynical PC's 日 前

    so their wrong for keeping their environment green? while they uncontrollably have kids? nani?

  • More Bad Ideas
    More Bad Ideas 日 前

    Miami more expensive than NYC? WTF I gotta get out of here!


    The experience of sleeping in such congested rooms must be quiet suffocating.

  • Lemmy's Life
    Lemmy's Life 2 日 前

    people are living in cages, but is always place to built a rolex store xD

    HITMAN JJs 2 日 前 +1

    So 80% of there assets are in bank savings imagine if there accounts get hacked....

    • Thats Not Gaming
      Thats Not Gaming 日 前 +1

      what assets? lmao do you not realize these ppl can barely afford to make rent payment? they live paycheck to paycheck.

  • Tweeked Mobb
    Tweeked Mobb 2 日 前


  • Arseniy
    Arseniy 2 日 前

    Hmm... weird how like all the most unaffordable cities are leftist/socialist... Not a single republican majority city on there that doesn't impose regulations on who can build what where.. probably just a coincidence.

  • my future hobi
    my future hobi 2 日 前

    Im a student , i studied a little far from my home . Its take about 30 minutes inc waiting for the bus and train . Everyday i will do the same thing . My dad said to take room that near my campus . But i cant 😭 i dont like to share bathroom , bedroom , kitchen . I said if want me to rent room . Let me got room , and has the toilet inside , and i will . But it little bit expensive 😭 me such a nice daughter , i will travel everday home to campus for 2 years and half 😂💪 (sorry if my english is bad)

  • Katima XP
    Katima XP 2 日 前

    This is just terrible! I thought I had it bad in Japan, but at least I had my own bathroom! There should be a UN law on Humanity regarding the living conditions governments force upon people. 7 billion people shoulder to shoulder can fit New York City. Plenty of room out there in the world!

  • Jacob Kenney
    Jacob Kenney 2 日 前

    I would rather live in the monkey cages than the refrigerators.

  • reiki546
    reiki546 2 日 前

    nowdays they disguise the meaning of slavery and colonialism

  • Blooming Sunflower
    Blooming Sunflower 2 日 前

    Imagine one of those tall buildings falling down, yikes

  • fskdjlfjskdlfj
    fskdjlfjskdlfj 2 日 前

    Restricting land use is not free market.

  • Vladimir Lenin
    Vladimir Lenin 2 日 前

    This is disgusting, how do you treat people like this

  • Moonlight Carnival
    Moonlight Carnival 2 日 前

    Aren't those like developed slums basically??!
    I hope lots of people in the cage homes can get those cool capsules!

  • Moonlight Carnival
    Moonlight Carnival 2 日 前

    0:01 Loona 1/3 Love & Live filming location!!

  • Alan Felix
    Alan Felix 2 日 前

    I saw a music video here by an asian girl but I forgot the name :-( anyone have an idea? It was like pop or something

  • Kade Lubensky
    Kade Lubensky 2 日 前

    Your drone footage is just beautiful

  • J.Gomez
    J.Gomez 2 日 前

    2:59 Is that a f*****g Hummer?

  • Meghan
    Meghan 2 日 前

    One of my friends is from hong kong and she told me about this, she lived like this, and the way she described it it seemed much bigger than the footage here. I couldn’t imagine her living like this, but she did, for many years, it’s truly horrible.

  • Dotodot Thanoszella

    Please tell me you gave these poor people money

    SHADOWxWOLF 2 日 前

    my bedroom is the size of like 6-7 of those "apartments"

  • W-_-T
    W-_-T 2 日 前

    The divide between the rich and the poor in Hong Kong is unimaginable, only if you see it for yourself can you realize. Makes you really appreciate what you have versus what you don't

  • xtension xward
    xtension xward 2 日 前

    i used to love Hong Kong then i saw this video

  • overthehill91
    overthehill91 2 日 前

    They should do a piece on Vancouver. I'd be curious.

  • independent
    independent 2 日 前

    I am convinced that the Chinese will never put the good of the people over there own individual self interest. That is just who they are

  • Eden Winter
    Eden Winter 2 日 前

    OMG... the music/soundtrack is awful!!! Not fitting for the subject.

  • Berticuss
    Berticuss 2 日 前

    This also would have something to do with over population.

  • lovepieguy
    lovepieguy 2 日 前

    I would live like that

  • timbel
    timbel 2 日 前

    267$ for this small "room". OMG, u cant get a decent apartment in a suburban zone in the eu. Its incredible

  • NekoWinters
    NekoWinters 2 日 前 +1

    Communism in a nutshell "we will change to help people when it suits us, not people"

  • cнεяяү вlσssσм

    Omg I rather be homeless than be stuck in a box!!! I’m so cluster phobic!!!!

  • JJ Park
    JJ Park 3 日 前

    Ineffective government structure and policies

  • MikiGameplays
    MikiGameplays 3 日 前

    man i did not no this ,so sad for this pore ppl OMG :/

  • Thym0s
    Thym0s 3 日 前

    Have you tried coming to argentina before saying that hong kong is the most expensive place to live in?

  • Rachelcookie321
    Rachelcookie321 3 日 前

    I think if you can afford it living in Hong Kong would be nice.

  • farul ozzy
    farul ozzy 3 日 前

    Black sides from Hong Kong,, it's so scary 😑

  • HotDogSean
    HotDogSean 3 日 前

    "A bed from IKEA costs more.."
    That may be true, but my bed from IKEA isn't rented out to me.

  • ImSofaKingGood
    ImSofaKingGood 3 日 前 +1

    Property taxes, especially based on appraisals linked to regional prices, are retarded. At least income taxes are based on the size of actual funds to pull from. Property taxes will expect that the rich live in the rich areas and poor live in poor areas and make it impossible for people without the necessary funds to pull from to pay the taxes.

  • エニグマ 白い

    The irony of saying taxes and rich people bidding for lands when a brand new bentley pass by at 6:20

  • Kenna Parker
    Kenna Parker 3 日 前 +39

    My friend Sarah lives in kind one of these in Yinchuan. She’s on the 27th floor and there is no elevator and she shares a bed with her parents.

  • Alfredo Robles
    Alfredo Robles 3 日 前

    I see a lot of expensive cars on the streets.

  • Barney
    Barney 3 日 前

    And rich's people's closets are even bigger

  • Tha BrownMamba
    Tha BrownMamba 3 日 前

    Well if they didnt have so many kids it wouldn't be as expensive I feel no empathy