Poor people’s living space in Hong Kong

Following on from yesterday’s post about very expensive living space in Hong Kong, I have to share some shocking pictures of how some of the poorest in Hong Kong live.

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

I stumbled across these pictures from the Chinese Society for Community Organization, which has released these shocking photographs to help raise the public’s understanding and appreciation of the lives of those less fortunate.

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

It’s very saddening to see the pictures of the claustrophobic living conditions and then read about the richest of the rich and how they spend their days eating and shopping in Hong Kong. It’s a city of big inequalities.

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

Source: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)

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12 responses to “Poor people’s living space in Hong Kong

    • I know – it’s crazy how limited space is in this city. Now they are proposing to use shipping containers under the airport flyover as a home for young people that can’t afford a flat in the city. Ridiculous!

      • Are you for real?! Far out…I was reading yesterday about a proposal to put people under flyovers in the city as well but it was thought that the environmental factors would make it untenable. I hope that’s the case for this airport one too. While people need housing, that cannot be the solution! I bet Cy wouldn’t live under a flyover!!!

      • Yep, what a strange city Hong Kong is! Today the budget handouts will be discussed. Hopefully there will be measures for low income people too…

  1. I wonder how the people themselves think about their situation, given that they are constantly immersed in the rampant inequality. Are they angry at living in these conditions, or do they just accept that this is their lot in life?

    • I wonder about this too – I’m sure they all have dreams about better lives! What a shame that Hong Kong is so consumption-focused and a great place for the rich and big corporations, but not really looking after its poorest of the poor.

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  3. After reading your blog this time, I am sitting here crying! I am so blessed! Those poor poor people, it must be unbelievably in-human to have to live like this, when you can see how the rich are living! It must destroy your spirit.

    • I know. Life is unfair. Hong Kong is great if you can afford it. But I have no idea how the people survive that have hardly any money. The government does very little and there is only so much charities can do.

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