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Chinese Motorway Built Around Tiny House After Owner Refuses To Move

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Chinese Motorway Built Around Tiny House After Owner Refuses To Move

A stubborn home owner found herself surrounded by ongoing traffic after refusing to move from her house when the Chinese government wanted to put a motorway through the middle of it. You can see the bizarre set-up below:

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The owner, known as Liang, held out for 10 years against the Chinese government, who wanted to purchase it from her so that they could demolish it.

As a result, a motorway bridge was built around the tiny Guangzhou house. It's known as a 'nail house' because the owner rejected compensation from a developer to demolish it.

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The Haizhuyong Bridge opened in 2020 and now the only thing poor Liang can see from her window is the thousands of cars that drive past the gaff on a daily basis.

According to Guangdong TV station, the one-storey house contains a 40-square-metre (430-square-foot) flat and is situated in a pit in the middle of the four-lane traffic link. That's going to hurt the resale value.

Credit: Weibo
Credit: Weibo

MailOnline reports that the owner said she had not agreed to move because the government had failed to offer her a replacement property in an ideal location.

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She also said that she was more than happy to deal with the consequences and did not mind what other people thought of her.

She explained: "You think this environment is poor, but I feel it's quiet, liberating, pleasant and comfortable."

Well, OK - maybe that was the case before the bridge was built.

Credit: Weibo
Credit: Weibo
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Government officials said that they earmarked the plot for demolition as far back as 2010 in order to build the Haizhuyong Bridge.

It took a decade before they were able to complete the bridge, albeit with this enforced change in place.

According to authorities, Ms Liang was offered many flats as well as cash compensation schemes but she refused to budge.

They said at the time they would continue communicating with Ms Liang, while engineers have studied the relevant safety issues before constructing the bridge, to make sure it's fine for her to continue living there.

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Those you in the the north of England may be having deja vu. This is China's version of the UK's house in the middle of the M62 motorway - it's widely believed that particular house is also there because of the refusal of its owner to move.

The truth is more mundane than that though.

The house situated in the middle of the M62. Credit: PA
The house situated in the middle of the M62. Credit: PA

The real reason Stott Hall Farm is slap-bang in the middle of the motorway was because a geological fault beneath it would have been a massive pain to sort out.

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According to Yorkshire Water, the land on which the house was built contains a 'geological anomaly' which made it 'impossibly steep' for six lanes to be built upon it.

Ken Wild's granddaughter, Kimberley Pollard, spoke to The Huddersfield Daily Examiner some years ago. She said: "The story is my granddad was a stubborn old Yorkshireman who refused to move - but he's actually from Lancashire.

"He was far too subdued for that - and he wouldn't have had a choice in the matter because the farm was rented from Yorkshire Water."

Featured Image Credit: Weibo

Topics: World News, China

Simon Catling
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