Under pressure! Waiting for the bus

| November 5th, 2014
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"Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down…"

Queen’s "Under Pressure" might come in handy to describe the feeling of the passengers waiting at a bus stop in Foshan City, Guangdong Province. On Nov 3rd, Foping Rd bus stop was seen covered in debris and fallen scaffolds from a nearby demolition project. However seeing that the bus stop was still standing strong, commuters continued [...]Read more…

Unfinished villa cluster becomes ghost town

| December 25th, 2011
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“On the north end of Bahe East Road, there is a cluster of villas standing in the middle of weeds and trees, looking just like those little castles from fairy tales. Surprisingly they are all empty.” Netizen “摸摸无鱼" wrote on Huashang Forum and posted some photos, “I heard that they have been abandoned for years. What a pity, not only that they are occupying this large area of land for no purpose, also that they are fine houses left [...]Read more…

China’s bizarre phenomena: buildings die unnaturally

| September 24th, 2010
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As one of the most architectural productive country, China aggregates 2 billion m2 of new building area every year, consuming about 40% of the world’s concrete and steel. However, on the flip side of the new building fever, there lie the rubbles and remains of other “older” buildings: people tear down four-star hotels to build five-star ones and bulldoze newly developed construction sites before they are even finished. Lots of young strong buildings are down, fulfilling their unnatural [...]Read more…

Hainan “Building Thin Thin” demolished

| July 13th, 2010
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(daqi) July 10, Haikou, Hainan, the law enforcement personnel were directing the two excavators to demolish the most “awesome” (牛 niu) thin building in Hainan, this marks the end of the “Building Thin Thin” (楼薄薄).

Demolition personnel at the sense said, this building was an illegal construction. The government once acquired some of the land from the owner and paid him the appropriate compensation. The owner then utilized the remaining 19 square meters of the land and also occupied part [...]Read more…

Villagers defend their home against demolition squad’s fire extinguishers

| April 15th, 2010
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Nail household; nail house; stubborn nail: (钉子户) A person or household that refuses to relocate due to compensation disagreements when the land is requisitioned for new construction.

Conflicts between the demolition squad and the nail household being forcefully relocated often happen in China. Nemours huge tragic incidents have occurred in the recent past. Chinese residents often took extreme measures in protecting their properties, like throwing home-made fire bombs at the demolition squad. But the most common strategy is just holding [...]Read more…

Han Han: These dogs are so annoying

| November 27th, 2009
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Nail household; nail house; stubborn nail: (钉子户) A person or household that refuses to relocate due to compensation disagreements when the land is requisitioned for new construction.

The case of Nail household is a common occurrence in China, however this incident is by far the most escalated conflict between residents and the government demolition team. Ms. Fan attempted to defend her house from the demolition squad by throwing home-made fire bombs…

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