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Inside Hong Kong’s cage homes

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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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Vox (29 days ago)
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: http://bit.ly/2OIuyUb
matthe ai (13 days ago)
hong kong caged homes is a singaporean meritocracy
James Lee (20 days ago)
capsule corp
Carlos Butler (20 days ago)
What is the name of the capsule company in the video?
James Lee (24 days ago)
the issue in mumbai is tech support scammers jk
SuperNeird (26 days ago)
How they have a sex?
pickandstring (1 hour ago)
If there's a fire how would they escape?
MeefHere (3 hours ago)
Hey look at number 10 UAE on INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM. Great now my home is really *high* . Get it? No?
Joshua Sante (3 hours ago)
It’s like my room except I’m not in hong kong
jim jimjim (5 hours ago)
Dig big square holes.... 10x10ft and 10ft deep, with a plastic dome roof and a ladder going into a living quarters.
John Ruan (6 hours ago)
20years under CCP, that’s the reason.
Joshua yew (6 hours ago)
No offence
Joshua yew (6 hours ago)
Most of the people never watch the video or halfway I assume
Michelle Blessing (7 hours ago)
And they say Africa has got problems😂
Jorge O. (7 hours ago)
Quick Ly Lee (7 hours ago)
This is the prime example of how it's done wrong. If you want an example of it being done right, take a look at Singapore..
Heinz Blassen (8 hours ago)
3:39 ye why not just cut of all the green space? ….
Robert Mindolovich (9 hours ago)
This is inhumane and really saddening. The invisible hand of the free market doing it's job
Niem (9 hours ago)
When Vox isn't lying about Trump. They do great videos.
stfu. • (12 hours ago)
I’m sorry for being ignorant but, is Hong Kong part of China or not? Is it a country? I always think they’re a state. Again, I’m sorry for not knowing.
journalistethics dotcom (13 hours ago)
Great mini documentary. Gold medal award winning potential - the presenter and the video itself.
Mr Penguin (13 hours ago)
I really don't want them to destroy the natural environment. It would make more sense for them to practically just make sky cities, the environment is what causes it's tourism.
Greg Hansford (14 hours ago)
Just make developers build housing
Veronica Medina (15 hours ago)
I’m getting claustrophobic just watching 8:48. What if you got stuck in there? If a black out suddenly happened you be out of luck. 2 in 1, A home and a coffin.
Kyo Wentz (15 hours ago)
thanks god..i live in forest...is so bad..but i got lot more space land..hope this problem goverment can fix..
Christian Williams (16 hours ago)
Nasty Chinese
l8flight _onyt (16 hours ago)
DreamStepper (18 hours ago)
Makes me a bit more grateful for my taxes. I think I'll be bringing this up whenever somebody complains about market regulations.
Flaky Biscuits (18 hours ago)
No wonder the Chinese ebay sellers will sell the same items as others for 1/3 the cost or less.
deltaecho1 (18 hours ago)
Trust me, you don't want to build on a mountain. You're increasing the risk of landslides if that happens.
Mike J (22 hours ago)
damn and i thought me paying 4k a month in new york was bad.... i pray for these folks living in cages
Noland Ryan (23 hours ago)
They need a NO kid policy
pokrec (1 day ago)
OK, but citizens of Hong Kong pay very small taxes... There are no free lunches. Always there is something for something. On contrary, the life level in, say, Denmark, is still high, people live in normal houses and pay "Scandinavian" taxes... Who wants to live in Hong Kong? This is a good place for business, not for living.
chingshun yung (1 day ago)
It's not fine, but it's also fine because we have got used to it. I like to feel that it's the trade-off to live in Hong Kong to feel better about it. We really rarely spent time at home beside sleeping anyway Since HK probably has one of the highest working hour in the world.
Serene Kwok (1 day ago)
Im from Hong Kong. Go google this dude named Lee Ka Shing. You'll see.
Serene Kwok (1 day ago)
Anyone else from Hong Kong scrolling through the comments to find another fellow Hong Konger who finds this sad and common?
Tungild Rachnarn (1 day ago)
oooh so you found out capitalism is bad for people?.... wonders....
Lord Escanor (1 day ago)
This is what happens when a government stays hardline conservative.
Vincent Yang (1 day ago)
Capitalism at its finest
Evan Yao (1 day ago)
I live here... better conditions though
Snoop Catt (1 day ago)
He's paying $275... he has a reasonable space for what he's paying for; Particularly in Hong Kong!! It's not like he's trapped in that bed all day. He can go out explore the city, go to a cafe, or whatever. Plus he's saving a lot of money
Robert Flores (1 day ago)
The Chinese live like that here in America as well they are just savages
Mr Penguin (13 hours ago)
+odhip Some do, but it's really just them having the habit of trying to save money.
odhip (1 day ago)
I seriously doubt that.
FahQ Hue (1 day ago)
Well time for HK to make a change. Maybe they should starting taxing people that do business there..
Pasha Defragzor (1 day ago)
Condoms ! They need to use condoms its gonna be disaster for all Planet ! Demographic problem is gonna be a problem of 21 century ! Great place to do business ? I don't think so, I got the economic degree, there is a lot of competitors in there !
Trey Gebbs (1 day ago)
Come come invest in Texas and stay for a while.
Yuck Foutube (1 day ago)
I think i would live in the scrub.
Nemesis (1 day ago)
Most of the land is not built on? Yeah I think it should stay that way.
Mr Penguin (13 hours ago)
I agree, would prefer them just mining underground rather than destroying all of their tourism.
Jahz D (1 day ago)
8:15 - Hey if Japan can build Capsule hotels, Hong Kong can easily build millions of Capsule homes for people to live in. It's much better than living in a cage.
Mr Penguin (11 hours ago)
+Fishfan 2 True, but it would improve the life quality of them.
Fishfan 2 (12 hours ago)
+Mr Penguin Then the issue would pop up again
Mr Penguin (13 hours ago)
Those captules are actually really attractive, if the rent is around 200$ a month, and you buy like 100k worth of capsules.You would make a turn in profit really fast.
John Huber (1 day ago)
we lived in maui hawaii for 9 months in an 8x11 CostCo Shed... I was 26. she was 31. the kids were 7 and 4. and she was preggers. (he's 4 months now) was going to college there on the GI bill for a semester.
Brittney Warren (1 day ago)
So u would rather destroy our natural environment just so people can live in a larger home..go live somewhere else, choice they brought upon themselves..or maybe just stop breeding..the more u breed the more the situation is going to get worse..
Blake Warren (1 day ago)
That’s true but you can’t ask people to do either of those things, most people are just born there and moving countries isn’t that easy. And no one will stop breeding, although I agree that the environment should be left alone
Gajah Mada (1 day ago)
amazing hongkong the best place to learn how to survive in the citu
Jbeck8524 (1 day ago)
0:18 I love how London is on there twice I mean honestly it’s impossible to find good houses now
pennendop123 (2 days ago)
Yea destroy more nature...
Brittney Warren (1 day ago)
Well said
Kriss (2 days ago)
One good thing is they can communicate with each other more but could also be a downfall
Idk about you guys but it so much better here in singapore then in hong kong... somehow
Chris Tay (2 days ago)
Only 3.7% of HK land is used for residential! It is very selfish of the HK govt. There are ways to do it. Look at Singapore. HKG needs to learn from Singapore and give the people first. Treat the people first. People should come first. Singapore also has low taxes. But Singapore makes money from Temasek sovereign fund investments as well as its GIC investments, and other investments. So Singapore's public housing is generally comfortably sized, and nice and very modern. HKG govt is stupid and selfish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLrFyjGZ9NU
Harmon Tedesco (2 days ago)
Bet that while they live in squalid conditions they all own the iPhone XS Max tho 😂
Deathly Hallows (2 days ago)
Too many people in the world.
Coecoo (1 day ago)
I wonder when the Chinese will realize that relentless, non-stop unprotected sex ends up with your country getting overpopulated.. Oh whoops, they did that already and now they're getting no babies. <3
PEKKA Carl (1 day ago)
Whoops we have a border.
Jerry Miao (1 day ago)
tocrob (2 days ago)
A walking tour of public housing estates and parks ( the mid-levels of Kowloon Dec 10, 2018 ) ... https://youtu.be/EOv1SDkgJk0?t=509 ( Gopro 7 Black HDR mode) .
shmaveyea (2 days ago)
OK, but green space is more important than population density v affordability.
Ana Nicole (3 days ago)
woooowwww! this is wild man! I hope there's a solution put into place that is beneficial to the people that live there. this makes me sad.
The Clouds Have Eyes (3 days ago)
Its all in accordance with United Nations Agenda 21... you’ll falsely think its just “bad land management” until you really understand the significance of the worldwide agenda in play called UN Agenda 21. Governments will continue to proclaim to the public that “they’re doing something to “resolve” increasingly tighter living situations”... but the issue will only continue to expand. And its slowly beginning to manifest even in the US... despite most Americans be so assured it could never happen here in the US. It is why we are being conditioned to accept this future with tv shows popularizing “tiny houses” and hit movies so often depicting a dystopian future.. with movies like “Ready Player One” depicting a future US where people live in densely populated “stack-n-pack” housing... Natural disasters/ weather artificially engineered along with increasing taxes, fines, fees, permit restrictions, zoning restrictions & rising food costs will be steadily implemented and utilized as a means to relocate people into urban housing areas, and these tight, crowded & crappy residence will be a challenge for most to afford... People will be told & made to think these growing enviromental/ weather events/ disasters are all “their fault”... due their “carbon footprints”.... And in the name of “protecting & restoring the environment” all the neighborhoods where we once lived will be deemed “protected wildlife refuge reserves” and be mandated & enforces as off limits areas to the public all in the name of “returning the environment to its natural state & beauty”. Sound too far fetched....? ....lol. only if you haven’t taken a look into the United Nations global Agenda 21. California’s the first state to begin implementing Agenda 21 & look whats happening between the rising costs of living, the insanely extensive and never seen before devastation from the “wildfires” , the growing homeless epidemic in CA, CA’s infrastructure being changed to promote more bike lanes & public transportation.. meanwhile gas prices, registration fees and taxes making it increasingly more expensive to drive a vehicle... all occurring since California’s government signed on to & began adhering to the United Nation policy known as Agenda 21.
Origami and Cats (3 days ago)
Soylent Green is people.
Eryan724 (3 days ago)
2:55 this looks like its built in a video game! 30 times the same skyscraper! Like "oh this has the most efficient stats, lets use it a lot" ...... wtf hongkong!
ExPResS M (3 days ago)
James Carter (3 days ago)
The government CANNOT fix that problem. The government IS the problem. It needs to let people and businesses buy land, and buy more land. Higher taxes always fall on the poor and middle classes. Business do not pay taxes (ultimately, because it is a business expense that must be passed on to the consumer), which is why corporate tax does not work. Free-market capitalism is still the answer, but government prevents it with land grabbing.
Aubrey William (2 days ago)
James Carter lol 😂 nope
Ian Barry (3 days ago)
shows what communism does to the price of things
Aubrey William (2 days ago)
Ian Barry it’s cheaper than America
Charles Rodriguez (4 days ago)
So, pretty much a prison where they can leave & come back. L..
Felipe Rotilho (4 days ago)
Interesting of people instead of interest of the market? The problem is the government not the market.
Catalin Popinciuc (4 days ago)
Damn, I love my corrupted country named Romania only for the comfort of living
Harp Seal Power (4 days ago)
Ignacio Soria (4 days ago)
Just gas 80% of the population and throw down some walls.
kayden lim (4 days ago)
Same thing here at Singapore but it is slightly better
Fizzy Cola (4 days ago)
Malaysian chinese is so lucky.
Winged Hussar (4 days ago)
7:05 she checked you out
Yoshiaki Okaguchi (4 days ago)
Yes. YES. It is so DAMN expensive to live here!!!
Joël Luder (4 days ago)
This is just the median mulitplier. this isnt necessarly the most expenisve just in relative terms it is. For example Sydney is rank 2 with average of a median price of 1.2 mil, Zurich isnt on the list but median price here is 1.65 mil.
Nicholas R (4 days ago)
While I agree with the host’s solution, the problem is not the free market. The problem is that the market isn’t actually free from government control. In fact, the Hong Kong government clearly has a monopoly on land. That’s not free market economics. That said, I agree that Hong Kong clearly needs reform in property so that the economy can do better therefore making the people better.
Aubrey William (2 days ago)
Nicholas R so land is super cheap in America lol 😂
iainet (4 days ago)
This problem has nothing to do with the government or taxes, it’s simply too many people having too many babies. Even people with nothing but a tiny space to live in are still having more babies.
TheBillusBillus (4 days ago)
"Free economy". So free you can't even buy land.
Daniel Clouston (4 days ago)
About as big as a jail cell in max pen
Moshe Kleinsmann (4 days ago)
All big cities will be like this in the future.
Shahzad Aslam (5 days ago)
Damn, and we cry for a bigger houses then what we have , BTW good presentation
Rusli Dharmawan (5 days ago)
bro, save money and move to another place. probably a countryside in mainland
Toto Ze (5 days ago)
8:06 there was a sumsung ad right there
t3hdude (5 days ago)
0:20 I'm surprised Vancouver isn't on that list instead of Toronto.
Typical capitalism.
Nurazianie Abdullah (5 days ago)
It's not about a choice in lifestyles. If one can afford a nice home or condo we might not live in cages. For the sake of living spaces.. People do strive for good living. I think its only fair to say that most people don't like the hustle to fit in small spaces. Rich governance do play important role in maintaining quality of life. May God bless us all.
theRealAV8r (6 days ago)
'Progress' y'all
singedLoL (6 days ago)
Just come to europe, make a theft, and you'll live better in prison..
Jason Ramsey (6 days ago)
This is what Britain did to Chinese people ...need mainland government to fix this mess and the greedy real estate companies.
Isaac Pais (6 days ago)
From what I understood, pleople in hong kong pay low for taxes yet the live in hostels with families. I wish we could ear more from the experts, and also the minimum wage of the country and price not only for living but a comparison between honk kong and the second most expensive country according to real estate. The capsules arent really a solution, but at least for a better health they should be considered because 4 families in one house can be really dangerous. Also this capsules are already being used :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xQKogpt0Cg It must be quite a nightmare for this people every day, those cage houses aren't acceptable.
Ellen Bomnal (6 days ago)
This is the kind of video that, If I ever were a teacher, I would proudly show my students so they can learn more about the situation in other countries or cities. It's a true privilege that in other places we get to have a big apartment with a room for own on (or even shared with our sibling), a kitchen, a living room and, if we're lucky enough, more than one or two bathrooms. This kind of video is not only informative as hell, but also makes us think about our situation and how to appreciate more the things we have and the opportunities that we are given. Thank you Vox!
Lysie Shae (6 days ago)
Yeah, let’s not talk about overpopulation, let’s look at any trees we can take out because we don’t need things like oxygen
dyscea (6 days ago)
Love the Ikea price comparison.
Shweta Karpe (7 days ago)
i cant even imagine living in such houses omgg ..my house here is 900 sq ft
Thisisliving Warren (7 days ago)
Great video, lose the music please.
Doondalley (7 days ago)
Singapore and Paris are actually more expensive
Ruben Scott (7 days ago)
When the government is in charge of land there is no hope
Aubrey William (2 days ago)
Ruben Scott they pay like zero taxes lmfao
Kostia Komrad (7 days ago)
Someone should mass produce those capsule homes in the bay area in california. Id happily live in one for 3 years to maximize my revenue and not have to pay rediculuously high rent.
Mr Penguin (13 hours ago)
I agree, as long as they have some sort of locks i'd be happy to live in it.
Beatles Road (7 days ago)
omg. $267. You can rent a 30 sq ft room in a three bedroom house or a single bedroom apartment for that much in Arkansas
Good Krypollo (7 days ago)
Low taxes=Vote Republican
Laura Kroon (7 days ago)
And here I am whining about my 60 square meters apartment and annoying neighbors..

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