(Image source: HLN)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR JEREMY TRUITT


A house in China’s Zhejiang province went viral on social media because of, well, let’s say its interesting landscaping.

“It’s a half-demolished five-story house in China with a new road built around it. The owners have been fighting the government for four years. They’ve refused a $40,000 compensation offer.” (Video via HLN)

Chinese law blocks authorities from demolishing buildings without an agreement with the homeowner, and the couple — duck farmers in their mid 60s — say the government hasn’t offered them enough money to rebuild.

“I just want them to build another house for me. They can build a house of the same size somewhere else and get it decorated as my house. This is all that I want.” (Video via BBC)

The road isn’t open to traffic, but it’s scheduled to open soon, meaning cars will have to dodge the couple’s home, and the couple will have to dodge high-speed traffic. What’s more, ITV says this house is just one of many.

“The case is the latest of many standoffs between local governments and homeowners, disputes caused by China’s massive, rapid growth.”

In fact, houses that have had to be built around are so common they’ve earned their own nickname. Chinese people call them nail houses, meaning they stick out and refuse to be hammered down.

One of the most famous cases: Wang Yu, a martial arts expert who made a stand at his isolated house in Chongqing, threatening to beat up anyone who tried to evict him. (Images via Global Voices)

That standoff was settled with an expensive buyout. No word yet on whether the Zhejiang couple will get a similar deal, though authorities say negotiations are ongoing.

Chinese Highway House Goes Viral

by Steven Sparkman
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Nov 23, 2012

Chinese Highway House Goes Viral

 

(Image source: HLN)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR JEREMY TRUITT


A house in China’s Zhejiang province went viral on social media because of, well, let’s say its interesting landscaping.

“It’s a half-demolished five-story house in China with a new road built around it. The owners have been fighting the government for four years. They’ve refused a $40,000 compensation offer.” (Video via HLN)

Chinese law blocks authorities from demolishing buildings without an agreement with the homeowner, and the couple — duck farmers in their mid 60s — say the government hasn’t offered them enough money to rebuild.

“I just want them to build another house for me. They can build a house of the same size somewhere else and get it decorated as my house. This is all that I want.” (Video via BBC)

The road isn’t open to traffic, but it’s scheduled to open soon, meaning cars will have to dodge the couple’s home, and the couple will have to dodge high-speed traffic. What’s more, ITV says this house is just one of many.

“The case is the latest of many standoffs between local governments and homeowners, disputes caused by China’s massive, rapid growth.”

In fact, houses that have had to be built around are so common they’ve earned their own nickname. Chinese people call them nail houses, meaning they stick out and refuse to be hammered down.

One of the most famous cases: Wang Yu, a martial arts expert who made a stand at his isolated house in Chongqing, threatening to beat up anyone who tried to evict him. (Images via Global Voices)

That standoff was settled with an expensive buyout. No word yet on whether the Zhejiang couple will get a similar deal, though authorities say negotiations are ongoing.

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