When developers want to build (yet another) high-rise estate in Kunming they must first buy up the existing small, old houses in order to clear the land for the new build. But, just occasionally, they come across someone who simply doesn't want to move, often objecting to the rock bottom price being offered for their land. Whilst the houses all around are rapidly destroyed, these so-called "nail houses" remain stubbornly defiant, delaying the whole project. This one [see photo] has gained some notoriety. The frustrated developers recently built a trench around it to cut off the electricity and plumbing, and then filled it with water to reduce the occupant's movements. And now there have been reports of shots being fired into the building. Hang in there, nail!
3/11/2010 06:08:47 am
old on a minute Thats your flat isnt it? I always knew you were a stubborn son!!
6/11/2010 07:18:27 pm
Good one this!
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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