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Cage Homes in HK

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Look and read about cage homes here!

Hong Kong is one of the wealthiest cities in Asia, yet you’ll find hundreds of thousands of people living in what the government calls “inadequate housing” — which for some means tiny wire cages.


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Infographic compares life expectancy in Chinese provinces to countries around the world

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It is worth noting that life expectancy in Shanghai is equivalent to that of Switzerland, which ranks top 10 in the world. According to the World Fact Book, Hong Kong ranks seventh in the world with an average life expectancy of nearly 83, and Macau ranks fourth with an average life expectancy of 84.5. With an average life expectancy of about 80, Beijing has nearly the same average as that of the United Kingdom.

Perhaps most note-worthy is the fact that six provinces in China have a higher average life expectancy than the average in the United States which is about 79.7. In 1990, the U.S. had a life expectancy eight years higher than that of China. In the two decades since, China has managed to close that gap by more than five years.