A lone apartment building stands in theÂ middle of a newly built road after an elderly couple refused toÂ relocate.
Luo Baogen and his wife insist on living inÂ the half-demolished building in the city of Wenling, in Zhejiang province, ChinaÂ because they believe that the relocation compensation offered by the governmentÂ is not enough.
Now the only building left standing, the five storey blockÂ is a strange sight as cars drive around it while the couple remain livingÂ inside.
To ensure the couple’s safety, adjacent roomsÂ in the building have been left intact but all their neighbours have moved out,Â according to local media.
Mr Baogen and his wife believe that theÂ compensation on offer would not be enough to cover their rebuildingÂ costs.
In the People’s Republic of China,Â duringÂ most of the Communist era, private ownership of property wasÂ abolished, makingÂ it easy for residents to be moved on – but now theÂ laws have been tightened upÂ and it is illegal to demolish property byÂ force without anÂ agreement.
Property owners in China that refuse to moveÂ to make way for development areÂ known as ‘Nail Householders’ referring to aÂ stubborn nail that is notÂ easy to remove from a piece of old wood and cannot beÂ pulled out with aÂ hammer.
Earlier this year, Hong Chunqin, 75, and herÂ husband Kung, who live in the two dilapidated buildings with their two sons, hadÂ initially agreed to sell the property in Taizhou, in Zhejiang province andÂ accepted Â£8,000 in compensation.
But then she changed her mind and refundedÂ the money once work on the road had started.
Source: The Daily Mail