With China’s construction boom, there have been many horror stories of how residents are forced off their land for new construction projects. Although tenants are supposedly able to refuse eviction; in practice, developers will force them off and negotiate the compensation with residents later (usual at an unfair price). This is especially prevalent when there is a major construction project, such as the Olympics.

In other cases, developers still seem to have plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Watch and learn:

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In this case, in Kunming, the tenant (an 83-year-old woman) refused to sell. In an effort to force her out, developers leveled the plot around her home and dug a 2m deep moat around her dwelling.
I guess she doesn’t really have a choice…
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Yet another rather bizarre example from Beijing, shows an old style townhouse which has apparently somehow managed to refuse removal.

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This level of skill and determination from the developers goes to show that in China, there is always a way. (If you’re the rich and powerful)

via Sankaku Complex.

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