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Chinese Spite Homes

The concept of a “spite house” is an old one – a person or a company wishes to purchase land for development, but some of the landowners refuse to sell for various reasons. The buyer then proceeds to develop the land around the problematic property, often with bizarre-looking results. In China, spite homes are very common, especially as the country is engaged in a process of rapid development. Here are 17 humorous, odd, and downright whacky examples of what the Chinese call a “Nail House”.

A lone 3 story home blocks the highway in Liaoning province.

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Sitting in the middle of a road in the Guangxi province, taken in April 2015. Reports claim that the owner did not reach an agreement for compensation with the local authorities.

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Living in a crater, in the Chongqing province, 2008. Yet another compensation dispute.

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The owner of this building in Yunnan province refuses to sell the property, even after the contractor cut off his water and power supply and even built a moat around the building.

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When all the tenants in this building refused to sell their homes, they found themselves in the center of a massive highway ramp.

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Hunan Province, 2007 – A lone nail home is standing in the middle of a shopping area. The fact that the owners refused to move didn’t stop the contractors from building around their house.

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Taken in April 2007, this 6-floor building stands alone in the middle of a huge construction site in Xinjiang Province. The owner of the building and his wife refused the compensation offered to them by the contractor, who planned on building a business center there. The couple demanded properties of an equal size, or that the contractor triples the compensation he offered them.

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Guangzhou, 2008 – Another family refusing to sell their home, stating that the offered compensation is too low.

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The owner of a “nail home” finally reached an agreement with the contractor. In this January 2008 photo, you can see the house collapsing moments after the agreement was signed.

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Another Zhejiang province nail home, standing tall but alone in the middle of an area that is meant to become a business center.

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This family in the province of Hubei refuses to vacate their home. Taken in 2013.

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The sign hanging on the house says: “I demand that the government will punish the contractor who destroyed my home. Give me back my house”. This house stands in the middle of an area meant for residential development and was taken in 2008, in the Anhui province.

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As construction dictated an excavation of the land, this nail homeowner refused to sell, which stranded his home on a new “hill”.

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A woman is hanging her laundry in a condemned house, in an area where large residential towers are planned.

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This 5 story building stands in the middle of a highway in the Zhejiang province, as of November 2012. The owners of the building, an elderly couple, refused to allow its demolition, stating that the compensation offered is not enough to build a similar-sized property somewhere else.

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