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:


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…

Yet another rather bizarre example from Beijing, shows an old style townhouse which has apparently somehow managed to refuse removal.


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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