City construction authorities have ordered a Beijing resident to remove an eight metre (26ft) high ancestral shrine he had built in his downtown apartment.
According to the Beijing News the man, surnamed Chen, had spent over 10 million yuan constructing the shrine. Chen bought the neighbouring apartment and knocked down the adjoining wall to make room for an eight metres tall, four metres wide mock temple featuring a statue of his ancestor.
Chen, who began construction in 2011, was told by city authorities to demolish the shrine and restore the wall between the two apartments to ensure structural stability.
Several residents complained that Chen, who owns a Hubei mining company, often burned offerings at the shrine, causing the building to smell like smoke and creating an obvious fire hazard.
A Beijing resident who constructed an elaborate “Hobbit hole-esque” villa on top of his penthouse apartment was ordered to demolish it this month.