High-rise middle classes

High-rise middle classes

In London, high rise living is polarised between the rich elite and the poor underclass. Between the shiny new apartments at Nine Elms and the many run-down “Grenfell Towers”.

In China, things are so different. It’s the ordinary urban dweller who lives 22 stories up, in a small two bedroom flat with a narrow corridor, on a massive new housing estate.

With Hilary revisiting sites in the centre, Roger travelled on the Hong Kong metro to the eastern suburb of Hang Hau, to explore just one estate and take some pictures. He wanted to see how hundreds of millions of Chinese live.

Everywhere, including the lifts was impeccably clean, with no graffiti anywhere. These are tower blocks with security and concierge services, attractive water features, children’s playgrounds and next door a vibrant shopping mall.

In Britain the landscape of the middle class is leafy and semi-detached – in China it’s tall, concrete and utilitarian.

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