Life in Hong Kong’s shoebox housing (3 parts)


‘Like a caged animal’: why Hongkongers in city’s notorious subdivided flats say they have no choice

By Fiona SunPublished June 8, 2022

Hong Kong’s poor and destitute have long been unable to afford anything but subdivided living spaces. Now Beijing wants the local government to rid the city of these tiny units and “cage homes” by 2049. John Lee Ka-chiu, who will be sworn in as the city’s next leader on the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule on July 1, has pledged to resolve housing woes. In the first of a three-part series, Fiona Sun looks at the city’s worst homes and speaks to the people living in them. Read Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

After a long night shift, security guard Leung returns to the tiny space he calls home in an old residential building in Sham Shui Po.

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