Dai Ching-yuen bought an air conditioner as soon as he saved enough earlier this year, to fend off Hong Kong’s sweltering summer heat.

The 56-year-old and his girlfriend, both Hongkongers, live in a 50 sq ft windowless cubicle, one of 10 subdivided units in an 800 sq ft flat in a dilapidated four-storey tenement in Sham Shui Po.

He recalls tossing and turning through many a hot summer night over the past three years, and having to shower four or five times on some days to keep fresh.



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