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Chinese City Built Motorway Bridge Around Tiny House After Owner Refused To Move

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Chinese City Built Motorway Bridge Around Tiny House After Owner Refused To Move

A motorway bridge was built around a tiny house in Guangzhou after the owner refused to sell it to the Chinese government for 10 years.

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This building is known as a 'nail house' because the owner rejected compensation from a developer to demolish it.

So, now the view for this little house is... well, two wings of the Haizhuyong Bridge, which opened in 2020.

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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. Dark and noisy - just what everyone wants.

Credit: Weibo
Credit: Weibo

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

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

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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...

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Credit: Weibo

Government officials said that they earmarked the plot for demolition in 2010 to build the Haizhuyong Bridge. A decade later, they got it set up, albeit not entirely how they thought it would be.

According to authorities, Ms Liang was offered many flats as well as cash compensation schemes but she was not to be budged. They added that they will continue communicating with Ms Liang and said 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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This is China's version of the UK's house in the middle of the M62 motorway - only in this case, the owner wasn't too stubborn to move, despite popular beliefs as to its history.

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 ballache to sort out.

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.

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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."

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Topics: Community, Weird, China

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