In Zhengzhou, a 10-meter-tall Buddha keeps watch over a wasteland where a village once stood, protecting one final home from being turned to dust.
While her neighbors and fellow villagers have agreed to offers from a developer tasked with converting their shabby village into new high-rise real estate properties, one stubborn and spiritual woman, surnamed Lian, has stuck it out at her home, even as her water and power have been cut.
To help in the fight to keep her “nail house,” the woman has even built a giant golden Buddha statue which rises up from her courtyard. According to local news outlets, the glittering statue cost 500,000 yuan to build, funded by the woman, her family and fellow followers.
While some have accused Lian of simply trying to raise her property’s value as a negotiating ploy, the woman’s nephew told Sixth Tone that his aunt is, in fact, a very devout Buddhist. “She said she wanted to move out, but the Buddha doesn’t want to,” he explained.
Negotiations between the woman and developer are ongoing. Only time will tell if this turns out to be a more effective strategy than covering your home in pictures of Xi Jinping’s face.
[Images via Sina]
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