The post-war boom and influx of immigrants meant Hong Kong ran short of housing



My interest in tong laus was piqued not long after reading this article. Exactly one month ago, I had the chance to visit my first tong lau apartment. It’s cool to live in a building with a small factory workshop on the ground floor and access to a dingy shared rooftop space (oh so familiar after years of watching various TVB series) though perhaps not so cool for my friend who has to climb seven flights of stairs daily just to get home.

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