Hong Kong’s ‘Shoebox’ Residents Struggle Amid Sweltering Heat, Cramped Living Conditions

HONG KONG — Just a harbor away from a cluster of skyscrapers in the poorest district in Hong Kong, Szeto, a resident who declined giving his full name to maintain his privacy, struggles to endure the heat inside his shoebox apartment. The heat wins.

“It’s so stuffy,” says the 47-year-old. “I felt like I couldn’t breathe and had to go out.”

Szeto shares his 6-square-meter apartment with nine other people in Hong Kong’s infamous “sub-divided flats” because the territory’s rental rates are among of the highest in the world.


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