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 • 13 802

  • Vox
    Vox  2 ヶ月 前 +219

    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:

  • Grant Keen
    Grant Keen 21 分 前


  • Klé D
    Klé D 時間 前

    Beautiful cinematography. Sickening that people have to live that way.

  • Luis Palacios Moreno
    Luis Palacios Moreno 4 時間 前

    The freest market LOL!

  • 1 290375
    1 290375 4 時間 前

    almost the same as being homeless

  • That Guy
    That Guy 5 時間 前

    I bet a lot of these "Chinese firm"is owned by the Chinese government to help speed up them taking over China. watch alot of these companies and landowners will say "Chinese citizens only" and big bang boom

  • ferrarigirl666
    ferrarigirl666 5 時間 前

    They pay a loooot to be in prison!
    Smells like money makingg!


    I'm glad I really opened up my mind tonight and started observing things I have been through in life like being homeless small living quarters like prison many of mine survival of the fittest acquire he's in my life has made me very well aware of what is going on in my local area but Jeepers Creepers I'm so glad that I saw your channel brother you put a big shining a light in my eyes tonight

  • Skrivbordslampan
    Skrivbordslampan 9 時間 前

    Wouldn't cheaper housing just incentivize more people to come from the mainland, thus only marginally lowering the rents and leaving them with less green spaces and overcongested infrastructure?

  • Masha Mitchell
    Masha Mitchell 11 時間 前

    So many fire hazards. A tragedy waiting to happen.

  • Finn D Human
    Finn D Human 21 時間 前

    In the Philippines, you can have a very comfy flat for more or less only $50

    • Nædrin
      Nædrin 12 時間 前

      I'm bookin ma flight now! 😎😁

  • Jackyblue67 Same
    Jackyblue67 Same 23 時間 前

    I wouldn't live there for a million dollars a day .

  • Caroline Autry
    Caroline Autry 23 時間 前

    I had no idea it was this bad. That is terrible, I truly feel for all the people that have to live like that. This is because of so many greedy people, money really is the root of all evil.

  • Damnit Bobby
    Damnit Bobby 日 前 +1

    Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage.

    • Damnit Bobby
      Damnit Bobby 9 時間 前 +1

      +Nædrin Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

    • Nædrin
      Nædrin 12 時間 前

      _whaaaat_ a reference.

  • Darth Nihilus
    Darth Nihilus 日 前

    Just like Coruscant, the rich live at the top high rises the peasants live at the bottom

  • Tory Knotts
    Tory Knotts 日 前

    A fire or a earthquake would be devastating

  • James Ross
    James Ross 日 前

    i wonder if it stays and gets smaller if after a long time people in hong kong will evolve to be shorter and smaller and become a dwarf race in the distant future

    • Nædrin
      Nædrin 12 時間 前

      *thinks of this one video i watched about predictions of future human evolution (that spoke of a route very similar to that)*

  • Ava Masquerade
    Ava Masquerade 日 前

    Those capsules pluck a chord of sheer dread deep in my guts...I don't want to get murdered by my robot-coffin- house the second it gains sentience and realizes the value of those very guts on the black market...I'm not paranoid! YOU'RE paranoid!

    • Nædrin
      Nædrin 12 時間 前


      but an a.i that cares about money/monetary value? xD

  • dell wright
    dell wright 日 前 +2

    my bathroom is bigger and I live in a one bedroom apt.they live like rats in a cage poor people.


    Those buildings are way too tall

  • Robbie Craughwell

    The Nightmare of our collective working class reality coming to your neighbourhood soon!

  • Nallani Bhaskar
    Nallani Bhaskar 日 前

    With $267 - ~20000 INR in India a full family can live very comfortably including food and amenities. HK Govt. really need to think about the future of citizens of HK not only Money. What kind of people they become if they live and grow in those kinds of cage houses. Money with out strong future generation is no value for the country. Always proud to born in India and living in India.

  • Natalia Van Helsing

    Anyone gonna tell us the name of the company?

    ANNABELLEPOP 2 日 前 +1

    "Wait New York is actually the cheapest on that list?" says the man that thinks New York is just Manhattan 🤷🏻‍♀️Come visit for clearly the first time, I'll introduce you to the affordability of Upstate New York, Suffolk County on Long Island, Staten Island and certain areas of Queens.

  • PointMicrosoft
    PointMicrosoft 2 日 前


  • Lelouch D. Kazuma
    Lelouch D. Kazuma 2 日 前

    Only half of all land is government owened

  • 8scatterbrain8
    8scatterbrain8 2 日 前

    "feet"?? use the metric system!!-___-

  • Monica Jimenez
    Monica Jimenez 2 日 前

    We are government slaves!

  • Get Off Your Bass And Lets Fish


  • Mamata Dasa
    Mamata Dasa 2 日 前

    After looking this video, My House look like a Large Apartment

  • Séjoux Lëo-Star
    Séjoux Lëo-Star 2 日 前

    Hi, I love your editing techniques. Do you mind sharing what software do you use to accomplish such effective edit?

  • Jude Lewis
    Jude Lewis 3 日 前

    Shut up Pence, you FAKE Christian!!

  • frasineanu iulia
    frasineanu iulia 3 日 前

    I’ve just watched inside my half full biscuit box and i thought it’s a hong kong apartment

  • brayo144
    brayo144 3 日 前 +1

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

  • Gary Dose
    Gary Dose 3 日 前 +2

    This is crazy, how would this be fixed? Also why don't people leave? I know it's not simple, but is there a single main reason why people stay there? Is it the economic opportunity in Hong Kong, their families are there, fear of the unknown, not knowing that there are other opportunities out there in near by countries, or maybe they don't have enough money to leave. This is a real shame, but looking at solving this density issue now will be crucial as more cities across the globe start reaching very high densities like HK.

  • warefairsoda
    warefairsoda 3 日 前 +1

    Rapid economic growth, especially during the last several decades, has resulted in China's predominantly rural population leaving their villages and moving to major urban centers. Many Chinese have now benefited from the improved quality of life associated with the move to modernity (e.g. education and employment opportunities, career choices, improved health care, social growth, blah blah blah...). This is a fundamentally important point, however nary a snifter of a mention is made here. And, slick move Vox asking two non-Chinese 'experts' on their opinions whether or not there is a housing and land shortage in China! Then again this is Vox, so nuff said...

  • Archxn Archxn
    Archxn Archxn 3 日 前 +1

    I’d rather be homeless

  • Dirk Pitt
    Dirk Pitt 3 日 前

    If California gets its way, we will be living like this as well. Not because of land scarcity, but to reduce mans footprint on the earth. Agenda 21

  • Saggalous Mmwamow
    Saggalous Mmwamow 3 日 前

    You forgot to mention the 150 Chinese immigrants who will be on priority list for government housing.

  • 先森港
    先森港 3 日 前


  • Ken Gordon
    Ken Gordon 4 日 前

    The government doesn’t own all the land, I live in Hong Kong and we live on an resort island that is owned privately

  • Mr. Wolf
    Mr. Wolf 4 日 前

    Living in a cage is fascinating? Sounds really screwed up!

  • Tiffany Martinez
    Tiffany Martinez 4 日 前

    its a shame that such a beautiful place like Hong Kong pushes people to live in coffins.

  • Lin Yi
    Lin Yi 4 日 前

    More tax payable, smaller living space, which you want?

    • fat fat
      fat fat 3 日 前

      How about the government privatises land, letting the invisible hand of the free market do its good just as it has done in many other sectors of the Honk Kong economy.

  • Aqua Juwel
    Aqua Juwel 4 日 前

    Im so glad i live in Norway with lots of space....

  • Gelique Mck
    Gelique Mck 4 日 前

    I thought Singapore was the most expensive place to live

  • Jennifer Sunshine
    Jennifer Sunshine 4 日 前


  • John V
    John V 4 日 前

    Globohomo capitalism gone haywire. WORK WILL SET YOU FREE.

  • redrodriguez1
    redrodriguez1 4 日 前

    Thous rich men will pay one day if not in this life in the next life do not for get them same way they did u same way u do back is eye for and eye rich u will pay one day

  • Chynna Bartee
    Chynna Bartee 4 日 前

    In Hong Kong Claustrophobia doesn't exist.

  • Crazystuff89
    Crazystuff89 4 日 前

    Try Singapore's prices

  • Fizz Pop
    Fizz Pop 4 日 前

    It is distressing to see people forced to live in dirty boxes like that. I really hope something changes positively for them.

  • Louis Lee
    Louis Lee 4 日 前

    It’s a sin to be poor and bearing children in Hong Kong 😌

  • Tyler Russell
    Tyler Russell 5 日 前

    I thought I had it bad

  • Angie O'Plasty
    Angie O'Plasty 5 日 前

    Holy crap...that is not even a human way to live! Heck, I wouldn't like to see even a dog living in such a small space. Awful.

  • mike l
    mike l 5 日 前

    China's government is so much more corrupt than the US

  • mike l
    mike l 5 日 前

    Almost 85% of China's land isn't even used smh. Instead of making more room in China for people let's just go ahead and make these massive multitrillion-dollar Island where no one's going to live dumb af

  • silver70
    silver70 5 日 前

    My claustrophobia kicked in just thinking of folks squeezed into tiny areas. Oh heck no.

  • leo
    leo 5 日 前

    Government is always the root of all evil

  • no hassle
    no hassle 5 日 前

    My God, that city looks like Mega City One from Judge Dredd.

  • Sinisterman35
    Sinisterman35 5 日 前

    I love it.
    Low taxes, yet, the people living under those marvelous low taxes-survive like feral cats!
    Great job... capitalism!

    • fat fat
      fat fat 3 日 前

      You didnt understand the video. It was the government owning the all land and leasing it for such ridiculous prices that drove up prices. In other words there isnt enough capitalism.

  • Micheal Yu
    Micheal Yu 5 日 前

    No, this is a very democratic cage

  • AnimationFanatic
    AnimationFanatic 5 日 前

    makes me feel grateful for the housing i have, it might not be much but at leasti dont sleep in a cage. only public housing can solve these probelsm

  • notblondeswede
    notblondeswede 5 日 前

    I hate his accent but the documentary is good

  • Art Vein
    Art Vein 5 日 前

    This is journalism done the right way. Observed a lot of ethical decisions in this segment as well as the right questions.

  • Lalit Jugtawat
    Lalit Jugtawat 5 日 前

    what a bad place to live

  • FuntimeTuber093
    FuntimeTuber093 5 日 前

    One of my friend in Hong Kong used to live something similar to the one in the video and boy, it was very small.

  • Tama Singh
    Tama Singh 5 日 前

    This is just sad man

  • wong richard
    wong richard 5 日 前


    OPEN MINDED 5 日 前

    Soo...cities like Chicago and Toronto will never run out of land

  • 1corn
    1corn 5 日 前

    That's why a lot of locals sleep at 24hrs McDonald's .. Can't even afford a place and they end up being homeless

  • bananahammock
    bananahammock 6 日 前

    why dont the poor just leave? its not like they have to live there.. also quit blaming the government

  • it's ur boi
    it's ur boi 6 日 前

    Who’s Asian and watching this

  • Pavelescu Sabin-Stefan

    That guy paying 270$ monthly just to lay down is painful to watch. In Bucharest I pay 250/month for a 60sqm 2 bedroom appartment in the city center. Hong kong prices are crazy

  • mamatila123
    mamatila123 6 日 前

    so basically college dorm rooms

  • Thalles Valle
    Thalles Valle 6 日 前


  • Timothy Wong
    Timothy Wong 6 日 前

    Thank you for documenting this issue and letting the world know about this current issue. that was a great analysis and production !

  • Barnstable Commons
    Barnstable Commons 6 日 前

    The answer isn't "freeing up more land" to spread urban landscapes over green space. It should be reducing the population.

  • Clubbed Sandwich
    Clubbed Sandwich 6 日 前

    Freeing up more land isn't going to solve the problem either. It will just be temporary as people will fill those places up almost instantly.

  • Kelly Ullery
    Kelly Ullery 6 日 前

    Wow that’s awful! 😢

  • ken
    ken 6 日 前

    population density is insane there

  • bin boy
    bin boy 6 日 前

    hong kong discusting

  • Carter Rothswild
    Carter Rothswild 6 日 前

    Still better than a college dorm

  • sailmonkey flying
    sailmonkey flying 6 日 前

    Japanese already have capsules in Tokyo.

  • sailmonkey flying
    sailmonkey flying 6 日 前

    It's been like this for many decades. The rooms or "cages" are getting smaller.

  • punker4Real
    punker4Real 6 日 前

    how about down sizing like that movie

  • punker4Real
    punker4Real 6 日 前

    Btw you still pay lease fee every year in the US
    you don't own the land

  • PureFun4Me
    PureFun4Me 6 日 前

    unbelivably sad

  • Roy Chan
    Roy Chan 6 日 前

    I'm so glad to be a peaceful Hong Konger! We live in a 700sq feet home (fully usable), and if you were to sell that you could literally buy a mansion in US

  • Doom Carrot
    Doom Carrot 7 日 前

    It looks worse than the living conditions of animals at a slaughterhouse. That is sad. Honestly, I don't know why people insist on living in cities. Find your freedom, move to the country, build a small home somewhere even. I live in a city right now for college, and I get some people need to at certain points, but raising a family in a place like this? seriously?

  • Diane Conrardy
    Diane Conrardy 7 日 前

    Wow, this could not possibly be "healthy" living...

  • A Fucking Leaf
    A Fucking Leaf 7 日 前

    No, Mr. Wong, the issue isn't that people want nicer coffins to live in, the issue is that people are living in coffins! You crazy bugman!

  • MovingUp7
    MovingUp7 7 日 前

    "Need to put interest of the people over interest of the market"
    Wait what? If we put the interests of the market first, then the gov would improve land use policy and let developers build housing. Problem solved. Gov gets lease money on land otherwise doing nothing. People get more living options, so rent goes down. Developers make money. BOOM

  • sean Melville
    sean Melville 7 日 前

    My son has high functioning autism, he would go stir crazy in a space that small.

  • Vision L
    Vision L 7 日 前

    I think Mr. Eric Wong got that idea from someone in Japan. Japan already has several Capsule hotels rooms that you can rent that looks like his concept.

  • RF 0913
    RF 0913 7 日 前

    Well, with the economy shutdown here in America, we may be living like this very soon

  • Kimberly K
    Kimberly K 7 日 前

    And I thought jail calls were a luxury apartment in Hong Kong

  • Just Rose
    Just Rose 7 日 前

    a cage is not a home

  • Naeem Masood
    Naeem Masood 7 日 前

    very very shameful situation. We Pakistaneez lives 1000 times better life than these poor metropolitan prisnors

  • Xingyu Tao
    Xingyu Tao 7 日 前

    It’s really really expensive !我在香港旅游5天 住的酒店 花了3000RMB