Nail House

Village activist locked up along with entire family after protest

Yao Baohua (right) and his wife Liu Qinfeng. Photo: Sina Weibo

Yao Baohua and his wife will be separated by steel bars on their 50th wedding anniversary this year. He is locked up at the Changzhou Detention Centre awaiting trial, accused of "inciting a mob" and disturbing the peace.

Thursday, 7 February, 2013, 4:34pm 1 comment

'Land-saving' bridge building faces demolition

A photo taken on Jan. 22, shows a three-story building on top of a stilt over a spillway in Wenling, Zhejiang province. Photo: ImageChina

Villagers from the Wenling's Meixi village have come up with an ingenious, if legally questionable, solution to their land shortage: They built a bridge – and put a three-storey building on top.

24 Jan 2013 - 2:22pm

Villagers made homeless after developer demolishes houses

Li Guirong salvages for quilts to keep warm and other belongings amidst the rubble that was once her home. Photo: SCMP Pictures/Dahe News

Villagers from Pingdingshan county’s Bailou village, China’s southeastern Henan province, were left homeless as wrecking crews reduced their houses to rubble.

4 Jan 2013 - 7:59pm 1 comment

Lone Chinese home destroyed; farmer accepts deal

Luo Baogen shows his land certificate as he stands next to his house, sitting in the middle of a new main road, before it's torn down. Photo: AP

Authorities have demolished a five-story home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road and had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials.

1 Dec 2012 - 4:03pm

'Nail house' couple refuse to move

Luo Baogen, 67, and his wife, 65 own the house  in the middle of a huge dual carriageway in Wenling. Photo: AFP

The owners of a five-story “nail house” situated in the middle of a huge dual carriageway in eastern Zhejiang province say they won’t move until they receive adequate compensation.

Chinese media reported on Friday that the couple was angry with the small amount of compensation being offered to them by the local government to move out of their home.

23 Nov 2012 - 4:11pm 1 comment

'Nail house' family defies the traffic, and officials, in battle for compensation

The house of Xu Jun forces Huting North Road, a four-lane highway in Jiuting town of Shanghai municipality, to narrow to two lanes around the building. It is known as the city's most notorious 'nail house' but Xu doesn't like the nickname and feels embarrassed and helpless about his family's situation.

Why don't you want to move?

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Land can still be seized, says legal expert

Authorities can still forcefully acquire land from residents in the name of public interest under the new Property Law, which enshrined private ownership in the mainland's civil code in October, a legal expert said yesterday.

Hopes had been expressed that the law would offer better protection to citizens affected by sprawling urban development.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Nail house owner vows to fight on

The Hong Kong owner of a Shenzhen 'nail house' said yesterday he would appeal against 'inadequate' compensation ordered for the demolition of his home.

In a ruling on Monday, the Shenzhen Housing and Land Resources Bureau ordered Choi Chu-cheung, the 57-year-old owner of the six-storey home, to accept 5.06 million yuan in compensation from the developer and move out.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

'Nail house' blogger is homeowners' hope

As the nation watched and waited late last month to learn the fate of a two-storey house sitting stubbornly in the middle of a building site in Chongqing , Zhou Shuguang decided to go there to report first-hand on developments 'from an ordinary citizen's point of view'.

29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Sweet victory

China's dazzling economic achievements since the late 1970s have impressed the world. But few give much thought to the millions of ordinary folk who had to pay a price - often by moving out of their homes for little or no compensation - to make way for shopping malls, hospitals, luxury apartments and other symbols of modernity.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

A lesson in government as city settles demolition row

Media frenzy helps 'nail house' win a victory for the law

The peaceful settlement of the dispute between developers and a Chongqing couple who fought for three years to save their house from demolition has won applause from property rights watchdogs, but they doubt other home owners will be as lucky.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

A small victory for property owners

The three-year standoff between Chongqing authorities, developers and the owner of a two-storey house has ended peacefully with compensation being paid and the demolition crew doing its job. Such incidents happen the world over every day and cause barely a ripple to any but those involved.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

No gambling for property market

The mainland property market should not be allowed to turn into a casino, according to a senior government planning official.

Tang Kai, , director of the Ministry of Construction's city and rural planning department, told a news conference that speculation would only turn the property market into a casino, which 'will create a huge financial risk'.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Chongqing officials step into home row

Compromise sought as couple spurn developers

Chongqing officials have intervened in a dispute between developers and the owners of a house isolated in the middle of a 10-metre-deep construction pit, with the mayor saying 'unreasonable demands' will not be accepted.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Stalemate over demolition

New twist in battle between developer and homeowner

Under pressure from intense media and public attention, a Chongqing court has declined to enforce a demolition order on a city house whose owner stubbornly refuses to give in to developers. Instead it announced that it would leave the evacuation order open.

24 Mar 2007 - 12:00am