Life in a megacity comes at a high premium. In Hong Kong, the costs of living have exploded in recent years, making life almost unlivable for 1 in 6.
Students across Hong Kong have boycotted classes, kicking off a week of pro-democracy rallies. The protesters are demanding the reversal of a new election plan which will give China more sway in the next election.
Students in Hong Kong plan to take part in a week of protest aimed at Beijing. China recently said it would vet future Hong Kong leadership, thus expanding its power over the semi-autonomous region.
Braving stifling heat, thousands of students took to the streets of Hong Kong to push for democratic reforms in a move which analyst Joseph Cheng views as reflecting the sentiment of many of the city's residents.
China has said it will not allow open nominations for candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong in landmark 2017 elections. The announcement could trigger further large-scale protests in the city.
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