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China's highway house demolished

December 3, 2012, 9:40 amYahoo!7

Authorities have demolished a five-storey home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road.

China s highway house demolished

Authorities have demolished a five-storey home that stood incongruously in the middle of a new main road.

Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai told The Associated Press the house was bulldozed on Saturday after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($41,000).

Mr. Chen says Mr. Luo voluntarily consented to the deal.

The couple were the lone holdouts from a neighbourhood that was demolished to make way for the main thoroughfare heading to a newly built railway station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

The razing comes a week after images of the house circulated widely online in China.

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  1. Anthony06:05am Tuesday 04th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    MISTER PROSSER: Come off it Mister Dent you can't win you know! Look, there's no point in lying down in the path of progress! ARTHUR DENT: I've gone off the idea of progress. It's overrated! MISTER PROSSER: But you must realise that you can't lie in front of the bulldozers indefinitely! ARTHUR DENT: I'm game. We'll see who rusts first. MISTER PROSSER: I'm afraid you're going have to accept it! This bypass has got to be built and it is going to be built. Nothing you can say or do - ARTHUR DENT: Why has it got to be built? MISTER PROSSER: Wha - what do you mean, “why has it got to be built?” It is a bypass! You've got to build bypasses! ARTHUR DENT: Didn't anyone consider the alternatives? MISTER PROSSER: There aren't any alternatives! But you are quite entitled to make any suggestions or protests at the appropriate time! Perhaps Mr Luo was holding out for his friend Ford Prefect?

  2. HotBullitt08:27pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The same thing happen when the Ipswich motorway expanded . I remember this lone house standing in front of progress around Wacol area, the owner just don't want to take the governments offer for months they even put up a protest banner on the roof. Funny really. Just goes to show you don't really own your home...The government does..

  3. happy06:21pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Itll be the same here in a few years the way the Chinese are buying up out country for there use

  4. Dazzas04:23pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    This happens every so often Eastland in Ringwood the house stayed there for years, There is allways one

  5. Patrick04:22pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No one owns land in China. If you buy a property/apartment, you only own/lease it for up to 99 years. You can sell it before that, most often do, so it is just like the west really, but tenants are much more protected in many ways. It is all Govt. owned, Unlike countries in the west, tenants cannot be forced out of their home, and land and house just taken at whatever value the council or govt./ business feels they want to pay like in Australia. In Ausralia, Mining companies are allowed to mine any property in Australia they want to, WITHOUT the owners permission, often making it useless or difficult for the farmers to then use. South west Sydney (Camden) they are mining deep underground under peoples houses, causing land to sink and structural damage to many homes, of which, they don't have to pay a single cent to fix. So, to Liang, Human rights regarding this are far better than that of Australia or America.

  6. Cameron04:03pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    When they first built the highway around the house and left it standing, I was reminded of an episode of the cartoon Cat-Dog.

  7. Andrew03:10pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It just goes to show that property ownership can be more of a headache than its worth,when it comes down to finding happiness and maintaning sanity.

  8. liang02:20pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse


  9. Ghost Hunter12:26pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @ pauly035 - The owners are very lucky this didn't live in Australia where the local government would have simply taken the house and land, told the owners to accept a payment of about 20% of the real value then billed them for the cost of demolishing the house !

  10. pauly03512:08pm Monday 03rd December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Holy #$%$ they really got a great deal of compensation for not only losing their house but also the land around it too. Just doesn't seem fair is all.