China Nail Houses That Comes In The Way Of Country Development (20 pics)
1Taken in 2007. An old residential building is surrounded by a newly built ring viaduct in Guangzhou, China.
2Taken in 2015. This "nail house" sits in the middle of a road under construction in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
3Taken in 2015. An elderly couple refused to allow their house to be demolished, so it’s now the only building left standing on the road paved through their village in the Zhejiang province.
4Taken in 2012. Cao Wenxia, the owner of this "nail house" in Hefei, lights firecrackers to celebrate the Chinese New Year. A bulldozer used to demolish nearby buildings sits ominously close.
5Taken in 2010. The last house in this area of Guangzhou stands in the middle of a construction site where an apartment complex will be built.
6Taken in 2007. A partially demolished "nail house" sits on a construction site in Anhui province while the owner seeks more compensation.
7Taken in 2010. According to local media, the brothers who own this house did not reach an agreement about how to allocate the government compensation, so they haven’t signed a relocation agreement.
8Taken in 2016. The last house in this area stands in front of a shopping mall in central China's Hunan province.
9Taken in 2007. The owners of the house filed but lost a lawsuit against the developer of the land, which will be used for a high-rise-apartment project.
10Taken in 2008. When this photo was taken, Zheng Meiju, the owner of the building pictured, had been living without electricity or water for six months, according to local media.
11Taken in 2013. This "nail house" is surrounded by a ditch at a construction site for a new residential compound in Hubei province.
12Taken in 2008. The banner on this house reads, "strongly requesting the government to punish the developer who demolished my house, give back my home."
13Taken in 2008. A woman walks past a “nail house” on the outskirts of Nanjing, where the land will be used for a wetland project, according to local media.
14Taken in 2008. The construction site where this house sits in the Chongqing Municipality will be developed as a new zone of apartments.
15Taken in 2009. Owner Zhao Xing, 58, collects water near his partially demolished "nail house" in Yunnan province. Local media reported water and electricity supplies had been cut.
16Taken in 2010. This "nail house" house sits on a mound above ground level because the developer dug out the land around it.
17Taken in 2015. A three-story "nail house" with a Chinese national flag on its rooftop is seen in the middle of a newly built road in the Henan province.
18Taken in 2015. A "nail house" once stood in the middle of this road in the Heilongjiang Province, but it is in the process of being demolished and removed.
19Taken in May, 2016 Residents of the Guangfuli area of Shanghai have collectively decided not to leave their homes, creating an entire "nail neighborhood." Tao Weiren sits in front of his two-story house there, which is now surrounded by high-end condominium buildings.
20Taken in May, 2016.