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Apr 12, 2015

Only in China: Last House Standing

Only in China: Last House Standing

Again a "nail house" in China, the last building in the area. This one is in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. According to local media, the owner of the house didn't reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition. A common thing in China, therefor a lot more of this so called nail houses in this gallery.

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A "nail house", the last building in the area, sits in the middle of a road under construction in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region April 10, 2015. According to local media, the owner of the house didn't reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition. Picture taken April 10, 2015. CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

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A six-floor villa is viewed on the construction site in the central business district of Shenzhen April 17, 2007. Choi Chu Cheung, the owner of the villa, and his wife Zhang Lian-hao, refused to accept the compensation offered by the developer who plans to build a financial centre on the site. The couple are demanding that the developer compensate them with property similar in size or raise the offer from 6,500 yuan ($840) to 18,000 yuan ($2,327) per square metre. Paul Yeung / Reuters/REUTERS

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Cao Wenxia (L), the owner of a nail house, lights firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year near an excavator used for demolishing buildings near his house in Hefei, Anhui province, February 13, 2010. Cao's family refuses to move due to unsatisfactory compensation for their house, the last house in the area, which is about to be demolished to make way for a new commercial project. Stringer Shanghai / Reuters/REUTERS

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A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province, November 22, 2012. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. They say that compensation offered is not enough to cover rebuilding costs, according to local media. Their house is the only building left standing on a road which is paved through their village. China Daily China Daily Infor/REUTERS

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Cao Mingyun, daughter of 75-year-old Cao Wenxia, the owner of a nail house, talks to journalist in front of their house in Hefei, Anhui province January 29, 2010. Cao's family refuse to move due to unsatisfied compensation for their house, the last house in the area, which is about to be demolished to make way for a new commercial project. Stringer Shanghai / Reuters/REUTERS

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A partially-demolished "nail house", the last house in the area, is seen at a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province February 2, 2010. The owner of the house is attempting to seek more compensation before agreeing to the demolition of their home, Jianan Yu / Reuters/REUTERS

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A general view shows the demolition of a "nail house", the last house in the area, at a construction site in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, January 8, 2008. The owners of the house had filed but lost a lawsuit against the developer of the land to seek more compensation before agreeing to the demolition of their home. The land will be used for a high-rise apartment project. Joe Tan / Reuters/REUTERS

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A "nail house", the last house in this area, stands on the square in front of a shopping mall in Changsha, central China's Hunan province November 13, 2007. "Nail houses" refer to houses whose owners have stuck to their ground and resisted demolition, holding up development projects in the world's fastest-growing major economy. Stringer Shanghai / Reuters/REUTERS

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Zheng Meiju walks towards her partially demolished nail house (back) in Rui'an, Zhejiang province July 17, 2013. Zhang, owner of the nail house, refused to move due to dissatisfaction of the compensation. China Stringer Network / Reuters/REUTERS

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A "nail house", the last building in the area, is seen surrounded by a ditch at a construction site for a new residential compound in Xiangyang, Hubei province, November 19, 2013. The family living inside has refused to move out due to a disagreement over their compensation plan. Stringer China / Reuters/REUTERS

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A "nail house", the last house in the area, is pictured at a construction site which will be developed into a new apartment zone in Hefei, Anhui province January 3, 2008. The banner reads "strongly requesting the government to punish the developer who demolished my house, give back my home". Jianan Yu / Reuters/REUTERS

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A woman walks past a nail house, the last house in this area, on the outskirts of Nanjing, Jiangsu province October 31, 2008. The owners of the house insist in seeking more compensation before agreeing to the demolition of their home. Sean Yong / Reuters/REUTERS

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A nail house, the last house in this area, stands in the centre of a construction site which will be developed as a new apartment zone in Chongqing Municipality February 4, 2009. The owners of the house insist in seeking more compensation before agreeing to the demolition of their home. China Daily China Daily Infor/REUTERS

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Owner Zhao Xing, 58, collects water near his partially demolished "nail house", the last house in the area, at a construction site in Kunming, Yunnan province October 30, 2010. Zhao refused to move due to unsatisfactory compensation for his house, even as the water and electricity supplies of his house have been cut. Stringer Shanghai / Reuters/REUTERS

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Xu Aiguo, the owner of a nail house, the last house in the area, set up a Chinese national flag outside his balcony in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, November 8, 2010. Xu's family refused to move due to unsatisfactory compensation for their house, even though demolition has started on other rooms in the building. Leo Lang / Reuters/REUTERS

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A woman stands at the balcony of her house which will be demolished to build new apartments in downtown Shanghai December 1, 2010. Carlos Barria / Reuters/REUTERS

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A three-storey nail house, the last building in the area, with a Chinese national flag on its rooftop is seen in the middle of a newly-built road in Luoyang CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

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A nail house sits atop a mound, next to a construction site for a new residential area, in Yibin CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

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A nail house sits atop a mound, next to a construction site for a new residential area, in Yibin CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

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An old residential building is seen surrounded by a newly-built ring viaduct, in Guangzhou CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS

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