Sunday 28 December 2014

Road built round home in China

Published 23/11/2012 | 11:08

A five-storey home is all that remains of a neighbourhood which was vacated to make room for a main road near Wenling, eastern China. (AP)

A Chinese couple who refused to move out of their home to make way for a main road now find they are living in the middle of a roundabout.

Their five-storey house with ragged edges rises incongruously from a huge circle in the middle of a new main road, with freshly laid black pavement swerving around it.

Duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife are the only residents left from a neighbourhood of once-connected homes that was demolished to make way for the road.

It leads to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

Dramatic images of Mr Luo's home have circulated widely online in China, becoming the latest symbol of resistance in the frequent, countrywide stand-offs between homeowners and local officials.

Officials are accused of offering too little compensation for homeowners to quit neighbourhoods for major redevelopment projects.

Press Association

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