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Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents live in metal cages   [Copy link] 中文

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(From Daily Mail) For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak.
For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.
The 67-year-old former butcher pays 1,300 Hong Kong dollars (£105) a month for one of about a dozen wire mesh cages resembling rabbit hutches crammed into a dilapidated apartment in a gritty, working-class West Kowloon neighborhood.
Home to tens of thousands, such cages - stacked on top of each other - measure 6ft by 2.5ft.
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Cheng Man Wai, 62, lies in the cage, measuring 16sq ft, which he calls home in Hong Kong

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Many have been forced by skyrocketing housing prices to live in cramped, dirty and unsafe conditions. Above, Yeung Ying Biu, 77, sits next to his cage



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Some 100,000 people in the former British colony live in what's known as inadequate housing, according to the Society for Community Organization, a social welfare group. The category also includes apartments subdivided into tiny cubicles or filled with coffin-sized wood and metal sleeping compartments as well as rooftop shacks

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Home prices rose 23 per cent in the first 10 months of 2012. Pictured, Cheng Man Wai, 62, climbs up to his accommodation



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Legislator Frederick Fung compared the effect on the poor to a lab experiment



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The widespread poverty is a grim counterpoint to the southern Chinese city's renowned material affluence. Above, the exclusive Victoria Peak neighbourhood



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Lee Tat-fong, 63, is hoping she and her two grandchildren (pictured) can get out of the cubicle apartment they share in their Wan Chai neighborhood, but she has no idea how long it will take


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