Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

  • に公開 2018/08/15
  • 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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コメント数 • 14 491

  • Vox
    Vox  5 ヶ月 前 +509

    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:

    • Amidat
      Amidat 12 時間 前

      +Rei R you are absolutely correct. this problem is left over from British colonial times.. But that's why they don't talk about it. Can't make a fellow Anglo look bad

    • John Smith
      John Smith 17 時間 前

      What about honkers population growth

    • John Smith
      John Smith 17 時間 前

      What's honkers population.growth

    • 689 mol entertainment
      689 mol entertainment 2 日 前

      +Gail Stone NO

    • 689 mol entertainment
      689 mol entertainment 2 日 前

      +Jf Mc local eh? The free market is gone 我地冇希望咖啦,走人啦!

  • Frosty Fordツ
    Frosty Fordツ 13 分 前

    Anybody else ever played sleeping dogs?

  • TheyRiseBand
    TheyRiseBand 2 時間 前

    Coming soon to the US.

  • Scare League
    Scare League 3 時間 前 +1

    thumbnail looks like jail

  • B
    B 5 時間 前

    And yet some people are still ignorant enough to say “the world is not overpopulated” -_-

  • 138boris
    138boris 7 時間 前

    Higher than Monaco?

  • Adam Bomb Creations
    Adam Bomb Creations 7 時間 前


  • Tashh
    Tashh 7 時間 前

    I love Vox videos but the colour grading here is killing me. Are all the cameras different? What's with the teal and orange?

  • Tony Baines
    Tony Baines 9 時間 前

    why would you want to live there ?

  • Anson Cheung
    Anson Cheung 11 時間 前

    As a Hongkonger I'm extremely glad that I live in a public housing estate

  • sunny marie
    sunny marie 12 時間 前

    This what it looks all over america too. Governments must b accountable to its people not business alone. A certain amount of new construction shoyld b dedicated to affordable housing. That is a third of income toward housing. Ee have to fight this shxt. Bring it to their door step and dont let off their necks!

  • Jason Janes
    Jason Janes 12 時間 前

    Whats with the load annoying music playing over the video...... It's almost unbearable. If it wasn't for the interesting content I would have turned it off already.

  • ben patrick
    ben patrick 16 時間 前

    Thats why there are lots of “ukay-ukay”/ second hand apparels from HK coz they cant keep it coz they only have small space.

  • John Smith
    John Smith 17 時間 前

    How about population growth Australia has a big.debate more people more big cities hello honkers

  • D Musy
    D Musy 19 時間 前

    Song id @4:46 ?

  • Dankmon
    Dankmon 19 時間 前

    This is an example of capitalism

  • annamaura89
    annamaura89 19 時間 前

    I've been to hong kong once for a week and I dont have a problem with small spaces, but combined with the humid weather it made me claustrofobic..

  • Dankmon
    Dankmon 19 時間 前

    *"Hey, who let you out of your cage?"*

  • Elijah Culper
    Elijah Culper 21 時間 前

    Those cage homes didn’t look very feng shui.

  • Elijah Culper
    Elijah Culper 21 時間 前

    I pay less in rent than the people in the cage homes. Gotta love those low Kansas rents.

  • mike schatz
    mike schatz 21 時間 前

    Move back to the country and help you parents on the farm.

  • Gianni Molina
    Gianni Molina 23 時間 前

    6:00 families are living in parking space sized cage homes that they can barely afford and then there's a Rolex shop in the middle of it

  • Kelly Norvell
    Kelly Norvell 日 前 +1

    This is INHUMANE. How can a couple have privacy to make love, discuss family situations, what if you are sick and have to use the bathroom all day or what if you live with a child molester, killer, etc. What a sad day for humanity all around the world!


    Capitalist & slave at its finest

  • Ahmad Jan
    Ahmad Jan 日 前

    As long as the government is making money, who cares about the people

  • Psy cario
    Psy cario 日 前

    Bruh. Just build artificial Islands to build on that also can be used as a lifeboat in case of emergency.

  • Norma Mimosa
    Norma Mimosa 日 前

    So, are you suggesting that filling those pristine green spaces with more cage rooms would be a good idea?!

  • Tatiana Križanová

    títo ľudia, keď boli mladí, pracovali pre spoločnosť, a skončili v klietkach, horšie ako zvery.

  • Yeah well,that's just, like, your opinion, man

    I've seen videos of people dying inside these cage homes from a fire.
    They can't even go for the "painless suicide" by jumping out the window like the wtc jumpers, they are trapped in there.
    They scream in agony as their skin starts to burn. Their hair melt, their clothes disintegrate.
    And is very, very slow. It also shows how much damage the human body can take, although I'm pretty sure they wanted to die as soon as possible.

  • Terri Mcwilliams

    This is by design. They feel humans are animals. Put in cages...unreal.

  • BowlofIndoMee
    BowlofIndoMee 日 前

    Greed knows no bounds

  • can tho
    can tho 日 前 +1

    Please explain WHY the Government of Hong Kong only allow ALL its citizens to live in 7% of the land!!?? 70% of Hong Kong is still Wilderness!!! The rest are businesses and development!!
    When you stack over 6 MILLION people in 7% land, you have to go VERTICAL!!! Hong Kong has 2 classes: The FILTHY RICH and the Extremely Destitutes!!!

  • Christopher Rosas

    Build these homes somewhere in Alaska for all out illegal immigrants from around the world

  • Michnikki85
    Michnikki85 日 前

    Why r there ghost towns in China?? I don't understand

  • Michnikki85
    Michnikki85 日 前

    Ppl stop having babies there our population is too much! Lol

  • TK Baha
    TK Baha 日 前

    old goody HK with British reign has been destroyed by communist china, nowadays HK is a evil, corrupt communist province, an outlawed, hopeless city.

  • Song InYoung
    Song InYoung 日 前

    Hongkong is very Hypocritical country. Shame on you. So greedy people.

  • ava nowshadi
    ava nowshadi 日 前

    I have family in Hong Kong but I definitely don’t think they live in a cage space ahh

  • ava nowshadi
    ava nowshadi 日 前

    The background music at the beginning is so cute omg

  • Anarki
    Anarki 日 前 +1

    it would have been better with such small living spaces IF they took an idea or two out of the tiny house trend in the west

  • Gee Eee
    Gee Eee 2 日 前

    If you start putting "interest of the people" ahead of the interest of the market, added cost of doing business comes right back to people. That is never the solution.

  • First world problems

    No wonder a lot of them are moving countries. I’d move if I lived like that too ..

  • David Navrátil
    David Navrátil 2 日 前

    the real problem is overpopulation, muslims do the same

  • Chris G
    Chris G 2 日 前

    Stan loona

  • Kim Everett
    Kim Everett 2 日 前

    It's all about control !!!

  • DaOPlolokiiK
    DaOPlolokiiK 2 日 前

    socialism really sucks lol.

  • MrJakeJimmy
    MrJakeJimmy 2 日 前

    Rich get richer

  • Kristena’s GamingBox

    I live in a 1300 square foot apartment in HK. It costed about 500,000 HKD 6-7 years ago. It costs 1M today.

  • L. S.
    L. S. 2 日 前

    Sometimes I forget how cruel capitalism is

  • Cate God
    Cate God 2 日 前

    Hong kong, ive heard, is a nice place to visit and have vacation, but not a nice place to live in. I know why now.

  • Kitana Channel
    Kitana Channel 2 日 前

    After watching this video, now I am thinking twice if I need to accept a job offer in Hong Kong..hmmm

  • iixTwlight
    iixTwlight 2 日 前 +1

    I am a hongkonger, its stupid to thing that the government isn’t helping, its sad to think this way. My mother and father are divorced and i live in a tiny room in Harbourfront Horizon. The price of the rental fee is getting higher and my mom is unemployed so she is haven’t trouble finding the money to pay for my school fee and the rental. I go to a pretty expensive school, it costs about 45k per three months and its only that expensive because its the only french school in hk. I cant go in any local schools because my native language is just so terrible. Im now trying to study hard like this when i grow up, i can care for my parents and my family wont need to worry about financial issues.

  • Joe Tan
    Joe Tan 2 日 前 +2

    I thought only dogs live in cages. This kind of remind me of going into the animal shelter.

    • L CY
      L CY 日 前

      Some "houses" the people can't even stand need to crawl into their so called house.... Smaller than doghouse

  • Joe Tan
    Joe Tan 2 日 前

    What happen if one guy in the cage fart?

  • Glenn
    Glenn 2 日 前

    Government is slavery. Research Mark Passio, thank me later.

  • kagsgirl
    kagsgirl 3 日 前

    Leave it to a white guy to feel sorry for someone in another country but no take of the mistreatment of those cultures in his own country.

  • Frank James
    Frank James 3 日 前

    Hong Kong is under the thumb of China and as far as China is concerned people, except high party officials, are a commodity to use as sees fit.

  • Leon Cao
    Leon Cao 3 日 前

    My cousin lives in Hong Kong. Her apartment is fine.

    • L CY
      L CY 22 時間 前

      +Leon Cao that's why. But majority of people are not. Sorry cos it just sounds like you're saying that what we see in the video is the minority...

    • L CY
      L CY 日 前

      Maybe cos she is rich or more rich

  • carochan86
    carochan86 3 日 前

    Cage homes should be illegal.

  • Sebastian Plaza
    Sebastian Plaza 3 日 前 +1

    It makes no sense to blame the low taxes, it’s the miss use of taxes that causes the issues. If the government doesn’t take many taxes, then doesn’t use those taxes correctly of course there will be issues. The people of Hong Kong need to hold their government accountable.

  • 6th Gear Tech
    6th Gear Tech 3 日 前

    I live here. HK. I'm so glad I have a 600sq feet house. What the government is doing is GENIUS.

  • Corporal Hollywood
    Corporal Hollywood 3 日 前

    sounds just like USA or maybe its just California

  • Wai hang Lau
    Wai hang Lau 3 日 前


  • Dong Jeff
    Dong Jeff 3 日 前


  • Ash The Duke
    Ash The Duke 3 日 前

    Hong kong folks we welcome you to usa

  • Leo Chan
    Leo Chan 3 日 前

    Mind I remind you, in HK if you’re living in an apartment slightly bigger or smaller than a parking lot, you’re considered fortunate, 5:48 you jaywalked while there’s a red light

  • AwesomeHenryDude
    AwesomeHenryDude 4 日 前

    Lmao, imaigne if they had golf courses there.

    • Morgan H
      Morgan H 2 日 前

      AwesomeHenryDude oh but they do have a golf courses in Hong Kong and it cost around HK $5 million to be a member and there is a 10 year waiting list and a monthly fee. Only the richest of the rich can afford that.

  • Farhan B
    Farhan B 4 日 前

    Chinese people are skatty.

  • James Hewitt
    James Hewitt 4 日 前

    ... Me a Canadian near toronto, have been to NYC and liked it. Sees toronto being more costly than NYC, welp guess I'm becoming 'murican.

  • Pulse Genuwhine
    Pulse Genuwhine 4 日 前

    They should just move to korea and get a goshitel

  • hoboIove
    hoboIove 4 日 前

    Me and my family went to Hong kong in 2017 and one night of hotel there is about $200 usd for one very cramped room big enough to fit about 2 twin size beds and a shower. For the same price when we were in Shanghai we basically were living in a mansion. There's almost no reason at least imo to live in hk over guangzhou or something which is much more affordable in both housing, food etc. although those have also rised a whole lot in the last decade over there.

  • Herbert Menz
    Herbert Menz 4 日 前

    Just too much. Thats's just another side effect of neoliberalism. A perfectly "balanced market."

  • Lesa Blessed
    Lesa Blessed 4 日 前 +1

    This breaks my heart. I know its just not Hong Kong and other countries as well. Please pray for all the poor around the world. We all need help. GOD PLEASE HELP.

    • Rahul Tadvi
      Rahul Tadvi 2 日 前

      They are not poor, the prices are very high and dont have enough houses in the city

  • E_
    E_ 4 日 前

    well, they rent that cages in London as generous double bedroom

  • Curry God
    Curry God 4 日 前 +1

    For the intro, let me take you to Manhattan, New York where an apartment the size of a Mazda Miata and facing a dumpster is the cost of a Miata monthly.

  • Rhangga Putra
    Rhangga Putra 4 日 前

    for country with limited land space, lower the tax but depends the income from lands rent/bussiness, thats stupidity at max

  • Ghosh
    Ghosh 4 日 前 +1

    China Sucks... 🤢🤮 👉🏻 🇨🇳
    Japan Rocks...😍😘 👉🏻 🇯🇵

    • BB Renew
      BB Renew 4 日 前

      So what about businessmen just sleeping on the streets because they work so much?

  • Love AndLight
    Love AndLight 4 日 前

    so they have all that land and they're going to let humans live in cages while they have laying they could be building homes apartments no Hong Kong's government is completely evil and demonic they said they don't live listen to the poor because the poor doesn't get the vote do you know that the poor does not get a say in Hong Kong that's why they live in cages in the UN is worthless

  • Emily Elizabeth
    Emily Elizabeth 4 日 前

    so they aren't "taxed" but they are taxed in terms of housing so lel thats a bit of a f up

    GOLDEN HAWK 4 日 前

    Why isn’t Vancouver on this list

  • pillz
    pillz 4 日 前

    this is the future you guys want

  • Zulu Girl
    Zulu Girl 5 日 前

    The Chinese dont want to live in China, anything closer to democracy is better then that! Whats the old saying , 3 needs food clothing snd shelter, the most important one left out , freedom!

  • Amelia Sennon-Lane
    Amelia Sennon-Lane 5 日 前 +1

    Why does government think they can do whatever they feel like doing to people

  • Tracey Del-Gado
    Tracey Del-Gado 5 日 前 +3

    Global greed all over the world!

  • Olaf Allison
    Olaf Allison 5 日 前

    Those modernized sma ll living spaces look a lot like something on a. Space ship.

  • Yang Wang
    Yang Wang 5 日 前 +1

    newsflash, almost all taxes are passed down to the consumer

  • MDG
    MDG 5 日 前

    As a small Townie this is my idea of hell.

  • ik8vwa
    ik8vwa 5 日 前


  • jiankun qin
    jiankun qin 5 日 前

    I would like to live in one of those capsules

  • RJK
    RJK 5 日 前

    Why do you have to keep the camera pointed at your face half the time?

  • Katherine Perez
    Katherine Perez 5 日 前

    Like NYC, they choose to live in a city. Want better housing? Move to the suburbs and commute

  • Trey Uzumaki
    Trey Uzumaki 5 日 前

    Hong Kong looks pretty beautiful tho I’m not gonna lie

  • rawrberrys
    rawrberrys 5 日 前

    Birth. Control.

  • T41N73d
    T41N73d 5 日 前 +1

    Stopped watching when the 2 "experts" you turn to are not Chinese

  • Moon Baby
    Moon Baby 5 日 前

    This situation is horrible & it’s not just San Fran, NY, & HK. Real estate is really expensive over all, renting or buying. I really don’t like the idea of expanding the real estate by destroying the ecosystem. China, Hong Kong, Taiwan have bad problems with smog & pollution. Now you’re going to further ruin nature for cheaper housing prices. In the long run it’s still worsening our situation, just not in the housing aspect. If you do expand into the unused greenery, the houses shouldn’t be high rises. Should be natural, like wood or even mud. I knew it was bad but I didn’t know the extent of it until now.

  • illslor
    illslor 5 日 前

    I disagree with you here. The better policy is to encourage people to move out.

  • Nikos Efthimiou
    Nikos Efthimiou 5 日 前

    In UK we call them student accommodations.

  • Bubblelene Lene
    Bubblelene Lene 5 日 前 +2

    The fact that the rich is getting richer and richer and the poor is getting poorer and poorer just breaks my heart, I can’t stand seeing my own city like this

  • Soo COOL
    Soo COOL 5 日 前

    I dont want to live and pay high price just to be coral in a tight space like that. I rather go somewhere far which is cheaper and has a lot of space for me and my family. Simple solution made big.

  • Unknown Channel
    Unknown Channel 5 日 前

    Just build higher