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Life for a Hong Kong 'cage' dweller


Home for Chan Hon Keung is a two by three metre hardboard box.

His cubicle is one of 16 on the fifth floor of a run-down concrete building in the Mongkok area of Kowloon.

Little wooden ladders lead up to the lattice fronts of the upper cubicles. These are coffin-sized homes for Hong Kong's most desperate.

Mr Chan shares a tiny kitchen and a single, stained toilet pan with nine others. In other blocks as many as 40 people may have to share.

But that hasn't stopped the rent from rising.

"I used to pay 800 Hong Kong dollars ($103; £63). Now it's HK$1,000," says the retired cleaner.

According to Hong Kong's Rating and Valuation Department, residential rents in all property classes rose an average of 10% in the nine months to September 2009.


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