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 • 9 865

  • Aidan Knoll
    Aidan Knoll 7 分 前

    Damn; right at the beginning I was surprised. I used to think NYC was expensive.

  • IttyBitty Lex
    IttyBitty Lex 25 分 前

    I thought California was bad..

  • All Names Are Taken
    All Names Are Taken 2 時間 前

    I can never complain again about my life...

  • aruytpadyugf
    aruytpadyugf 3 時間 前

    0:16 there is no way that graph is accurate AT ALL. How would Los Angeles have a a more expensive housing market than New York? Also what do the numbers on the left signify, nothing is labeled on this chart.

  • Sandra Martin
    Sandra Martin 4 時間 前

    My son watched this at school and it has made a big impact on him. Very sad.

  • Sarah holland
    Sarah holland 4 時間 前

    God that's horrible. All those skyscraper blocks so close together makes me feel weird too. It's an awful way to live. I'm so grateful I have a huge studio flat on a quiet leafy side street.

  • Randy L
    Randy L 5 時間 前

    If they are going to have to wait for the government to do something about this housing problem, a solution is never going to happen. In fact, it will probably just continue to get worse.

  • SentFromMyIphone
    SentFromMyIphone 6 時間 前


  • Oxygen Ated
    Oxygen Ated 7 時間 前

    Wow free education a house which may even store up to 100 of those cages I’m blessed I hope Hong Kong and other Asian countries will change and get cheaper

  • Oxygen Ated
    Oxygen Ated 7 時間 前

    Wth 900000 thousand in my country can get a mini luxury mansion wtf Asia is meant to be cheap

  • Rainbow Pierrot
    Rainbow Pierrot 8 時間 前

    Gorgeous drone footage, i really appreciate that

    PFC BACON 10 時間 前

    when you see a bentley in the back-round of a place where people live in cages

  • Daniel Lai
    Daniel Lai 12 時間 前


  • Chris Winston
    Chris Winston 13 時間 前

    A claustrophobe's nightmare.

  • Beev Joy
    Beev Joy 17 時間 前

    I'm claustrophobic I can't breathe in small spaces

  • Brian Dinsfriend
    Brian Dinsfriend 19 時間 前

    agenda 2030, look at the US.....development nature corridors

  • mxweng
    mxweng 22 時間 前

    At least Syrians refugees have more spaces.

  • Graeme SYDNEY
    Graeme SYDNEY 22 時間 前

    Residing in a cage home, coffin homes or capsules is alive but not living. Here in lies a warning for all mankind and all upcoming generations - ask not for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.
    'No Man is an Island'
    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man's death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne
    We really must start to think this way, when one persons life is diminished it reflect on us all and we, mankind, are also diminished.

  • Daniel Moolman
    Daniel Moolman 22 時間 前

    They need government funded housing so people can actually live comfortably.

  • K- Droj
    K- Droj 日 前 +1

    Prison country

  • tdmr
    tdmr 日 前 +1

    Come to toronto and have a look at our housing market. We are literally heading in this direction as I watch your video.

  • Bainsworth
    Bainsworth 日 前

    hong kong is one of the worlds major business hubs. If you're sleeping in a cage, big red flag...move to where the food is easy and the houses cheap(er) They could go to china, macau or even further south. Dumb people.

  • smiling dolphin
    smiling dolphin 日 前

    Very informative thanks I'm a subscriber now

  • cb2000a
    cb2000a 日 前 +7

    And yet elsewhere there are millions of empty apartments in China.

  • tyamada21
    tyamada21 日 前

    So glad that it was the 70s when I lived in HK and not now. Poor buggers... :'(

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  • Anointed One
    Anointed One 日 前

    This country turned out to slaves of money all satans work. Blinded, lied to name it all. Souls are slaves of money. Look at the surrounding no trees and most animalas are slaughter. This human slaves will spread all over the world to do the same and destroy everything.

  • Joanna Hipple
    Joanna Hipple 日 前

    Hong Kong sucks

  • Scott G
    Scott G 日 前 +1

    A classic case of greed before need.

  • saige hill
    saige hill 日 前

    I understand there conditions are bad but chopping more trees down won't help humanity either.

  • Laurel Cook
    Laurel Cook 日 前

    Live underground and leave the trees alone.

  • Subhayu Mukherjee

    seems hong kong people would be better off if mainland china take over completely... i was i. hongkong... had a fantastic time.. but never did I know the torture the local people bear due to their own government? is this development? sorry to say this is crony capitalism....

    • Subhayu Mukherjee
      Subhayu Mukherjee 13 時間 前

      +LiewPlays why not? can be done passively.. who cares about UK any more? in fact china can use it as a trump card.. for me its about 3 basic needs of citizens: basic food , basic shelter and basuc cloth. if a super rich govt cannot basic needs, that govt should cease to exist

    • LiewPlays
      LiewPlays 19 時間 前

      Subhayu Mukherjee So your saying China should break the agreement that was signed to leave Hong Kong alone for 50 years

  • This Mothafucka Said

    In NYC, they would cost $3,000/month...and there would be a waiting list

  • Born of Fire
    Born of Fire 日 前 +1

    bet the smell of those housing units is awful.

  • FlatOutTonio -
    FlatOutTonio - 日 前

    Modern Day Slavery

  • frill necked lizard

    but it just looks so cool and cyberpunk

  • James Critz
    James Critz 日 前

    Could you imagine living I'm Hong Kong during the zombie apocalypse

  • Malti Moto
    Malti Moto 日 前

    Welcome to China! Glad to live in Germany.

  • Serge Leviticus
    Serge Leviticus 日 前

    Well, this is the true face of capitalism! Think about this chicken cages next time you go apeshit about the leftist...

  • Bruno van Simon
    Bruno van Simon 日 前

    1:56 I've seen exactly the same thing in London, uk. I used to live in one. Crammed houses, designed for 3-5 people, with up to 15 people living in them and yes, a single toilet. In london, UK.

  • Dio Santana
    Dio Santana 日 前

    China & India. Welcome to Hell. Courtesy of 37% of the world's population

    JIAN CUI 日 前

    Another reason for Hong Kong government policy in financial income is that the Hong Kong economy have significantly reduced over the past 30 years. For example, in the period of 1980s, Hong Kong’s financial income probably occupied 15% or even more compared with Chinese mainland total country income. However, after coming back to the nation, today Hong Kong only has maybe 2% in the total country, which is much lower compared with the connecting city - Shenzhen. And with the Free-Trade Port requirement, local government cannot increase their financial tax flexibly by themselves.

  • pkasb90
    pkasb90 日 前

    The HK government needs to tax the wealthy a bit more.

  • pkasb90
    pkasb90 日 前

    What on earth this is? Government supposedly does not tax its people, yet its people living in cages?

  • Daniel Novikof
    Daniel Novikof 日 前

    It seems the 'Matrix' movie comes true

  • Zyzz Brah
    Zyzz Brah 日 前

    perfect job for 4 chan browsers. BUt c'mon.... what do you except signing up for the job. Its like complaining about seeing dead people in the army. Its not that mah boi zucc doesnt care, its a job that needs doing, if you aint cut out then go >_

  • deestefmorr
    deestefmorr 日 前

    Hong Kong government please do better for your people.

  • Arif ud Daula
    Arif ud Daula 日 前

    Pristine form of Capitalism at work.

  • Enzo Jerez berlin

    Great documentary to become aware! Thanks!

  • John Kim
    John Kim 日 前

    Lol sydney is like twice of nyc

  • leticiadelgadillo

    What an Ugly place......

  • Игорь Проценко

    Just checked AirBnb, I found a lot of decent places for 20$ on a daily basis. What's the catch?

  • Nothing Special
    Nothing Special 日 前 +1

    They look like jail cells. :(

  • cinnamongirl3121
    cinnamongirl3121 2 日 前

    Gone are the days when plagues and poxes could wipe out a quarter of humanity within a month. Also modern laws have made genocide illegal, so there goes that fix. All that is left are natural disasters and humans have gotten pretty good at surviving those too, what with building standard and safety drills. Been talking with Zeus, Neptune, Thor and Jupiter about what to do about it. No decision has been made yet...YET.

  • Samantha Colindres
    Samantha Colindres 2 日 前 +1

    Why not just move somewhere else

  • Sammy Neff aka ZefSam
    Sammy Neff aka ZefSam 2 日 前 +3

    Vox is like a more childish short Vice vids

  • Tony Soprano
    Tony Soprano 2 日 前

    its a shame

  • Charlotte Whitehouse

    Haha, I notice that Sydney is second on the graph. It’s so expensive in Sydney.

  • Gabby
    Gabby 2 日 前

    I would get such a good sleep in the capsules because of the blue light. If it had aircon, i would turn that bad boy up and just snuggle under my blanket. ZZzz sounds nice.

  • Dan Harris
    Dan Harris 2 日 前

    No thank you.

  • monagee32
    monagee32 2 日 前

    Pure greed to create new pods instead of expanding into land that is not used to build adequate housing.

  • Chi Ho
    Chi Ho 2 日 前

    What drone you using in this video? I also want to buy a one.

  • schmidt640
    schmidt640 2 日 前

    Bad situation. But honestly, the government freeing up more space for urban development would only provide incremental change. It is an international market, for every new acre that is made available, a new buyer will be willing to pay high prices. Most of these people are not just on the brink of being able to afford housing, they are wildly off the mark. Unless housing was created specifically to cater to poorer residents (which is unlikely) I don't see change in the near future.

  • Harm Hoeks
    Harm Hoeks 2 日 前

    So basically it ISN'T so expensive. Cause there are few other taxes

  • Patrick D
    Patrick D 2 日 前

    This is what communism looks like, the housing issues will only get worse as time goes on

  • HairRevenge
    HairRevenge 2 日 前

    Those capsules look like coffins. You can’t even stand up in there I would feel claustrophobic

  • John Smith
    John Smith 2 日 前

    This is the JWO Agenda 2030 plan ....f

  • Juby George
    Juby George 2 日 前

    Controlling population is the only solution to 90% of the world's problems.

  • Erin Schloeffel
    Erin Schloeffel 2 日 前

    As an inhabitant of Sydney, which as shown in this video is the second most expensive city, I always spend my student days whining about how unaffordable it is. But at the end of the day, I can stand up in my room, not be sleeping in my possessions, and look out a window. Puts everything in perspective.

  • Reymark Hular Gallanosa

    Looks like here in the philippines .

  • Diego Tapia Silva
    Diego Tapia Silva 2 日 前

    Resolution: get tf out of Hong kong

  • Rendered Useless
    Rendered Useless 2 日 前 +1

    Now china bootlegs americas housing costs

  • BuzzWaib
    BuzzWaib 2 日 前

    These tall buildings are Cages.

  • chris leonard
    chris leonard 2 日 前

    Oh yeah this is terrible but living in tents in San Francisco isn't? Oh wait SF is run by liberals so it must be OK.

  • Cool Felix
    Cool Felix 2 日 前

    I am an introvert so if I lived there, it would feel like a nightmare

  • Jah Adonai
    Jah Adonai 2 日 前

    What camera are you using to film? Thank you!

  • 2Bchainednomore444
    2Bchainednomore444 2 日 前

    This is is what they call ''sustainable."

  • Annathomas Strock
    Annathomas Strock 3 日 前

    What about all the cities in China that are pretty much completely empty? I realize they’re mainland and not island, but there is space to live, work, and relax, already there, already built.and almost no one is using it, and the government just keeps building. All these people crowded into these spaces could be “migrated” to those empty cities, and bring in plenty of money for the government.

  • AprilStephanie
    AprilStephanie 3 日 前

    This makes me so sad

  • Raccoon
    Raccoon 3 日 前 +1

    *Why does your video look so washed out?*

  • Jay Mora
    Jay Mora 3 日 前

    Those capsules look cozy, not gonna lie lol but still, its like living in coffins

  • Mike Cheng
    Mike Cheng 3 日 前

    If God does exist, then I must be really blessed to own what I have now. Such a great season of truly passionate and innovative independent documentary. It makes me realize how lucky I and the people surrounding me are.

  • Cindy Chen
    Cindy Chen 3 日 前

    This is got to be changed, it is below human dignity, why their government do not do anything? Is this the way the Government look after its people? The government officials should take turn to live in this kind of space for a month, then they would do something, the government suppose to be the servant of people, how can they have no feeling to see people living in such terrible condition?

  • William 威廉
    William 威廉 3 日 前

    what a shitty government

  • William 威廉
    William 威廉 3 日 前

    my family from mom's side lives there in Hongkong, my mom used to live in HK until she moved to France to live. I went to HK last summer, wow, what another world

  • Tyler Li
    Tyler Li 3 日 前

    New your city? We can always expand Bronx

  • Maria R
    Maria R 3 日 前

    Absolut disgrace :(

  • n2bbuilding
    n2bbuilding 3 日 前


  • Ayyy lmao
    Ayyy lmao 3 日 前

    Well imagine the fuss everyone would make when they'd use the green space?

  • mickie mouse
    mickie mouse 3 日 前

    Do you mean to say my dog in Zimbabwe lives more comfortably than these people who live in a city where 17% of its households are millionaires?

  • Selman Akgül
    Selman Akgül 3 日 前

    Vegeta and Nappa should've get one of those

  • ZiKoN22
    ZiKoN22 3 日 前

    Government just wants the most money it can possibly have. plain and simple. setting new records on land prices? sounds good. Governments don't care about the people, just money. it's always been about the money sadly.....And here I am complaining about my local housing market prices doubling in 10 years, and then i see

  • Panzer Blitz
    Panzer Blitz 3 日 前

    It's a closet apartment but $267 is nothing, compared to $1800+ a month in places like New York or Florida. Too many people is the problem, how about having some actual population control in Asia.
    And I don't agree with developing every inch of land. That destroys the environment which is everything. Solution: Stop pumping out damn babies like a virus. Humans are the worst species in the universe.

  • No No
    No No 3 日 前

    You could live outside the city

  • ThaGreaT FranK
    ThaGreaT FranK 3 日 前



    Communism at its finest Europe and the US next.

  • Fat Chinese Gaming
    Fat Chinese Gaming 3 日 前

    Hong Kong is a very small place that too many people are living in, and there are not enough land that is been used for the need for people of living, but for the business people to make money from the poor people, and as a result, the rich become more richer, and the poor get more poor

  • K L
    K L 3 日 前

    Thank you. (but I prefer our coffin-sized, plastic sleeping-pods of the West)

  • Shane SSS
    Shane SSS 3 日 前

    that's great, push up the price and i can benefit from my properties ~~

  • Newton Grindewald
    Newton Grindewald 3 日 前

    Just stop making chindren