A new highway being built through Hangzhou has been forced to take a ridiculous alternate route after one landowner held out and refused to make way for the development.
According to Tencent, the building and surrounding land belongs to a pharmaceutical factory which was supposed to have been demolished
The term “nail house” was coined by property developers, referring to nails that have been hammered into wood and are almost impossible to remove. Most of the time this situation occurs when residents feel the compensation they have been offered for their property is unfair and refuse to sell up.
The C-shaped road which has been created as a result has since become quite the talking point for local residents.
We’ve seen countless such examples of the “nail house” over the years. There was the one sitting atop the 20-meter mound of dirt in the middle of a construction site in Sichuan. Also worth a mention was the Hubei nail house being slowly consumed by surrounding development.
The most tragic example of this phenomena, however, has to be the nail grave which lies in the middle of a road in Shangrao city of Jiangxi province.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Tencent ]