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When houses are the size of parking spaces. Follow Johnny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnywharris/ Follow the Vox Borders watch page: https://www.facebook.com/VoxBorders/ Sign up for the Borders newsletter: http://www.vox.com/borders-email With original music by Tom Fox: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-416166523 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! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit vox.com/borders. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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Text Comments (10865)
Kristin Longman (2 hours ago)
Cutting down trees to house people is not a solution. Global Warming!!! Don't cut down trees
acajudi100 (7 hours ago)
https://youtu.be/ETorPpSZ5wc https://youtu.be/hLrFyjGZ9NU
getoutside23 (9 hours ago)
sweet pods at the end though
solisium (9 hours ago)
I love trump because God put him there, he showed me. But I love China too and all of Asia. God is so wonderful to make people different, unique, and lovely in his heart and ours.
Etty Narolita (12 hours ago)
wathing this i feel hard to breath..i'm a claustrophobia
Cindy Antiquey (12 hours ago)
"The government owns the land" beware what you wish for all you militant, spoiled, brainwashed SJWs.
xX squeaker Xx (13 hours ago)
Well yea cause the Chinese just dont Care about their own people
oRaGaMi 1337 (15 hours ago)
All that history and just overpopulation to show for it.
Comedykev (16 hours ago)
Great video but OMG the music is tooo LOUD at the beginning.
C T (18 hours ago)
Increase taxes....jobs go away....no income.....now with people unable to pay for their small spaces....now completely homeless. No bueno.
hann (19 hours ago)
Why would u even have kids when u live in a cage
tocrob (18 hours ago)
Parental nurturing and positive social environments are much more important than interior living space.
Peoples Choice (19 hours ago)
sick world
MrSaemichlaus (21 hours ago)
Where do they put all these people once they die? Cremate and store in a commemoration wall?
Jeff Cockmann (21 hours ago)
well its the densest populated area on earth. Maybe demolishing the kowloon walled city wasn't such a good idea.
keyaki soup (21 hours ago)
omg didn’t loona 1/3 film an mv there
Dyubos 69 (1 day ago)
Lols we're not rich but our house here in the Philippines is larger than those apartments.
Eric Tran (1 day ago)
I'd rather live in melbourne, with big house and clean air and cheap.
tocrob (17 hours ago)
definition of "living" ?
Jgnod (1 day ago)
Lee Kai Shing caused this problem.
Kring Bambi (1 day ago)
It's called boarding houses where you have to pay rent per head/person
MillieVerthandi (1 day ago)
i think this would be a really interesting video with an interesting topic...IF ONLY I COULD HEAR A DAMN THING OVER THE MUSIC
Paul Trigger (1 day ago)
I like how they casually blame capitalism/free market in the video while shamelessly ignoring the fact that the government pretty much controls the entire situation by owning all the land. Chicken and egg etc.
grandiora (1 day ago)
Once you go to Hong Kong, anywhere in the world is better. I'd rather live in a extremely poor communist Eastern European country than what is HK.
Emma Hutchinson (1 day ago)
Has any heard of Singapore?, expensive.
tocrob (17 hours ago)
only if you go "private" . Basically, you got to pay to play ( in Hong Kong too).
topspinaurelius (1 day ago)
This vox reporter doesn’t know the capsule home has already existed in Japan for 20 years! He just gave that guy free marketing
MUApril (1 day ago)
Ill NEVER visit hong kong... looks like nothing but apartment buildings
MUApril (1 day ago)
Too much dam people in such a small spot
MUApril (1 day ago)
Omg thats insane!
J LO (1 day ago)
Thank you for the insightful video. As a HK citizen, I always wondered how is it possible that the housing price is so ridiculously high. Westerners always think HK is such a great vibrant city with very high GDP per capita, but they really don't see the cultural and social problems that exist here (eg extreme housing price, economic inequality, biased democratic election etc). The housing prices and economic inequality made us extremely materialistic and greedy. Here, only business, finance and medical careers are considered respectable and profitable. Science and art students/professionals are considered unsuccessful and weird by many. This perception has always made me sick and I finally know why. I wish someone can save my country.
Susan Lucier (1 day ago)
I would go live in the woods
johnmonk66 (1 day ago)
So your solution is to destroy all the farm land? Your a genius
johnmonk66 (1 day ago)
How about truth? 140 square feet is 12 feet by 12 feet, that's a nice sized bedroom. And you can move farther away, just like in any city, but they choose to live in the city
Brave Fencer (1 day ago)
And this is why Thanos is the good guy in Avengers.
This is why Hong Kong is trash
Greedy government and people like Lee ka shi 李嘉城 made wealth, by exploiting the poor mass. So ironic, in the 90s, they actually adored Lee and worship him like God. So sad for the hong Kong people........
ji tian (1 day ago)
By looking at these cage homes, anyone can see how HK people value their freedom. Otherwise, they can move to nearby Chinese cities.
ji tian (1 day ago)
Hong Kong people are doing good. At least they have democracy. At least residents won't worry that their home will be taken away by the government after 70 years, and they are free to gain what they could gain.(Ha
Songji Ylanan (1 day ago)
aww poor babies.!
Haris (1 day ago)
They need much taller buildings. 300-400 meters. Shopping malls should be underground. I understand there is space for buildings, but look at Singapore.
Ernest Yeap (1 day ago)
It’s equally bad here in Singapore. Prices of homes r already expensive n still rising..
Wise Fool (1 day ago)
Thought the title said " Inside KING Kong's Cage Home "
Peaky_Blinder (1 day ago)
Come to London bro it makes these places look like mansions
windwaker0rules (1 day ago)
so Hong Kong has limited land and 50% owned by the goverment so... whats sydneys excuse?
Srini Krish (1 day ago)
When you make real estate a business for profit this is bound to happen.
kristinamatsuda (1 day ago)
Amazing how you guys come up with such interesting topics all the time!!
MewmaxM Team (2 days ago)
So u mean cage house is like $100+ that is so cruel
Informal Settler (2 days ago)
Hong Kong is one of those places I'll never go back to unless somebody else pays for my trip. Expensive cramped spaces even on airbnb, expensive but not good food, nothing to see there but Disneyland, awfully loud rude people, etc. So many things wrong in an ironically developed place. If you're in Asia just go to Taiwan.
Ms Daisy (2 days ago)
Over population. Too many dicks having too many chicks. With no regard of the cost to us all.
Golden Spirit 24 (2 days ago)
Actually, Hong Kong lets 150 ppl from mainland China come to Hong Kong everyday. And those ppl from China need places to live. So..... think about it.
tocrob (2 days ago)
~90% of hong Kongers are from other provinces.
Mandy Vin (2 days ago)
This is what happens when the government decides it "owns" the land. How can people that produce nothing, except what they steal (tax) from the populace, "own" anything?
John Campbell (2 days ago)
Turn down the background music !!! Would make the video worth watching
Kuddles McKitten (2 days ago)
It's a bit ironic when leftists dislike living conditions like this, yet they supported Hillary Clinton (sold military secrets to China) and Diane Feinstein (driver was a Chinese spy and most likely goes deeper than that). This is what the left wing wants for our country.
Tyler Nguyen (2 days ago)
Population control is more important than real estate value!
Drew Everett (2 days ago)
Perhaps I missed it, but it seems the incentive argument being presented is reversed and false. The government DOES have an incentive to free up more land for auction- because they own it and that’s how they make their revenue (30% at least). So.. why aren’t they selling more land to developers for more living spaces? Something isn’t adding up. Also, great example of government incompetence and how even a free market can be ruined by idiotic policy. At least communism in Hong Kong is limited to real estate, imagine if it were like mainland China where every sector is fubar’d.
tocrob (1 day ago)
~15% of Hong Kong's revenue is from "land premium" and property tax is practically zero ( https://www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp110.jsp?tableID=193&ID=0&productType=8 ).
MaltLiquor45 (2 days ago)
thank goodness i left Hong Kong for America back in 73 - well my parents did i just tagged along. Greed is the incentive.
nastybastardatlive (2 days ago)
Freed up land will look the same as this before long; that isn't the answer by itself.
Green! (2 days ago)
I live in HK... Im watching this as revision for geography -_-
diana levy (2 days ago)
how can the hong kong government allow its residents to live like this? utterly disgusted by this and very saddened for these people
the troublemaker (3 days ago)
Naund, ich kann leerstehende Strandvillen in China anbieten. Geile Hütten am Strand - einfach Video bei mir gucken
Trust me Hong Kong is way better than Singapore. At least they have low taxes. Singapore everything is high. Taxes. Houses. Cars. Normal Toyota is 100k the actually car price is around 30k but the tax is like 80k sometimes up to 100k tax just to buy one car
BoogeyMan27 Games (3 days ago)
move to indonesia at kalimantan there is still a lots of land space
Lydia Gamboa (3 days ago)
parking spaces or prison cells?? yea. cells buddy.
Toltec Warrior (3 days ago)
Hmm...A country with no natural resources whatsoever escaped poverty and turned into a super productive, clean, safe, wealthy paradise. So when the government allowed free initiative, the nation thrived, and now the biggest problem of the country is the government. And yet there are "people" in the comment sections claiming this is capitalism's fault -__- I have lost my faith in humanity.
Stephane Hudon (3 days ago)
sounds like collusion with the government and contractors.
Liam O’Neil (3 days ago)
That’s no kind of life... and for what? Money?
Claire Sadlowski (3 days ago)
Oh wow, I didn’t realize my hometown was ranked one of the least affordable places to live...shocker
vancouverfilm88 (3 days ago)
Does anyone know the song at 0:01?
Fuzzy Mammal (3 days ago)
Want more space ? Nuke.
Joyce (3 days ago)
Love this series! Hoping for a season 3?
Bojack Fishman (3 days ago)
So Hong Kong should either raise taxes or kick the government out Michoacan style. Libertarianism and eventually anarchy will lead to our freedom over the dark and ever reaching hands of our masters. We must cut out the middle man that is Big government, we need volunteerism. We need to eliminate taxes
Lar M (3 days ago)
These cage dwellers were long gone.
Solarchos (3 days ago)
Welcome to Hive Primus of Necromunda. Enjoy your stay.
Chris Wright (3 days ago)
Fire Sprinklers???
Thunder Facade (4 days ago)
So the Hong Kong government gets almost 30% of their revenue in those revenues and the capsule homes are just a band aid for the low house real-state, yet if the solution is to free up the space quickly which will lower the prices therefore, it begs the question, where will that 30 % loss of revenue find a substitute?
al spencer (4 days ago)
Greedy rich people
Action Zach (4 days ago)
Sounds like Hawaii. Average single family home is now over $800,000 in Hawaii. A single person would have to make $163,000 a year to be able to afford living in Hawaii.
TheOmegaone007 (4 days ago)
wcampollo1 (4 days ago)
The government will never change!!! Why? It’s China
will crow (4 days ago)
we live like kings here in the US.
linda Lehmann (4 days ago)
It makes me feel sad that these days people are living like this.
Irene Guan (4 days ago)
2:55 south horizon my hood
masoomeh tanghatari (4 days ago)
Does government wants to save trees? Isnt any solve for this problem like make bigger beaches.
Dat Ginngr (4 days ago)
This video was assembled and shot very well. Thank you
Deer Heart (4 days ago)
Reminds me of London
Panucha Chatasingha (4 days ago)
Great video!
MammaMia 04090822 (4 days ago)
☹️definitely not the place for claustrophobic people like me😢
is-haq wong (5 days ago)
Sad for these people. No privacy, no fresh air ,no sunlight and no freedom to do their dream houses. They can't build their own houses, can't live life in full. Sorry but their cage houses is like a prisoner's cage in my country. I think that's why many illegal Chinese keeps coming to my country. Thanks god I never born in HK.
Acacia Tree 2626 (5 days ago)
I just moved to Hong Kong, and I feel so fortunate as I live in a 1000sqft apartment, which is considered big in Hong Kong, but is definitely much smaller than my houses in Singapore and Oxford😅 When my parents first showed me our house, I was appalled at how tiny it was, but now I’m a lot more grateful
Li Yang (9 hours ago)
"When my parents first showed me our house" I think they own the apartment...
Andrewca1 (18 hours ago)
Why would you move there if that was the case. Not criticizing—just curious?
Danish9248 (2 days ago)
How much is the rent
Anastasia Schenkel (5 days ago)
Thanks Vos. Now Fox News is right about our caged kids living like they're at summer camp. I don't see how Trump thinks "cages" are a deterent for illegals if this is how they are living now. Duh.
Samonte (5 days ago)
Communism at work
Chris Ashcroft (5 days ago)
So a domestic dispute is now a cage fight?
Ioulum (5 days ago)
Chinese stop having so many kids........
Peter Szulczewski (5 days ago)
I lived in HK and in Netherlands, and trust me, Netherlands is worse! I have never seen anything like that. Make a video about renting home in the Netherlands. It is still possible in HK... it is impossible in the Netherlands
Al Bixx (5 days ago)
Is Hong Kong a dictature, if it isn't why would anyone vote for politicians like that? If I had to live there I'd definitely live on a houseboat. Four oil drums, few planks and a shed, get a small outboard engine, generator chemical toilet and a hammock to sleep in.
Isaac Gecas (5 days ago)
I don't get why they don't want to identify as Chinese when though they could go to another place with better housing.
Kitty Watson (6 days ago)
Elect a new government.
Nick Galicz (6 days ago)
I could live in 120 sf no problem but would want my own bath and kitchen.
Duval Onepiece (6 days ago)
not cool man, not cool..
iPlayClashRoyale (6 days ago)
Where is Pali alto and San Francisco
peter cornelius (6 days ago)
2:59 meanwhile.. a (hummer car) passing through... social inequality.... 🙂🙂
Tevusalane (6 days ago)
Get out of Hong Kong!  There is so many vacant homes in China.

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