Hong Kong's cramped quarters

With more than 200,000 people in Hong Kong currently on waiting lists for subsidized public housing, droves have downsized or moved into
factory buildings, sub-divided "slaughtered" flats that can accommodate multiple families, or moved into "cage homes", wire-mesh hutches stacked on top of each other in crowded rooms.

In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu sits partially inside the cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), which he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu sits partially inside the cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), which he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu sits partially inside the cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), which he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu eats next to the cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu eats next to the cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 77-year-old Yeung Ying Biu eats next to the cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 62-year-old Cheng Man Wai lays in his cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), which he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 62-year-old Cheng Man Wai lays in his cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), which he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 62-year-old Cheng Man Wai lays in his cage, measuring 1.5 square meters (16 square feet), which he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 62-year-old Cheng Man Wai climbs up to the 1.5 square meter (16 square feet) cage he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 62-year-old Cheng Man Wai climbs up to the 1.5 square meter (16 square feet) cage he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 62-year-old Cheng Man Wai climbs up to the 1.5 square meter (16 square feet) cage he calls home, in Hong Kong. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 63-year-old Lee Tat-fong, walks in a corridor while her two grandchildren Amy, 9, and Steven, 13 sit in their 50-square-foot room in Hong Kong. Lee, like many poor residents, has applied for public housing but faces years of waiting. Nearly three-quarters of 500 low-income families questioned by Oxfam Hong Kong in a recent survey had been on the list for more than 4 years without being offered a flat. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Cage homes
In this Jan. 25, 2013 photo, 63-year-old Lee Tat-fong, walks in a corridor while her two grandchildren Amy, 9, and Steven, 13 sit in their 50-square-foot room in Hong Kong. Lee, like many poor residents, has applied for public housing but faces years of waiting. Nearly three-quarters of 500 low-income families questioned by Oxfam Hong Kong in a recent survey had been on the list for more than 4 years without being offered a flat. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A man stands next to a subdivided flat inside an industrial building in Hong Kong November 1, 2012. In October, Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying singled out the re-emergence of cage homes - wire mesh hutches stacked on top of each other - and cubicle apartments as issues that highlighted the gravity of poverty that existed alongside one of Asia's glittering financial centres. More than 1.1 million people, or 17 percent of Hong Kong's population, lived below the poverty line in 2011, earning less than HK$3,500 ($450) per month, according to the Hong Kong Council of Social Services. It defined poverty as earning less than half of the average monthly income. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Cage homes
A man stands next to a subdivided flat inside an industrial building in Hong Kong November 1, 2012. In October, Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying singled out the re-emergence of cage homes - wire mesh hutches stacked on top of each other - and cubicle apartments as issues that highlighted the gravity of poverty that existed alongside one of Asia's glittering financial centres. More than 1.1 million people, or 17 percent of Hong Kong's population, lived below the poverty line in 2011, earning less than HK$3,500 ($450) per month, according to the Hong Kong Council of Social Services. It defined poverty as earning less than half of the average monthly income. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A resident watches TV in a common area in front of his bed which he rents for $167 as his home in Hong Kong November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Cage homes
A resident watches TV in a common area in front of his bed which he rents for $167 as his home in Hong Kong November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A car passes luxury houses on Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's most exclusive neighborhood Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A car passes luxury houses on Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's most exclusive neighborhood Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A car passes luxury houses on Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's most exclusive neighborhood Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. 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, home is a metal cage. 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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