They are the 16 people that simply said NO! to China’s urban spread. China has been going to a very fast urbanization process over the last few decades but there are some people that stand proud and form the resistance against the development of new buildings and highways.
Although it may seem that these people who refused to sell their houses and lands are opposing the country’s modernization process, they are actually courageous fighters that will not leave their homes and places they grew up in by settling for an insignificant amount of money, offered by the Chinese Construction and Real Estate mafia.
In China, these houses are called “Nail Houses” and they are considered a symbol of the urban spread resistance.
Most of the building and land owners lose the process with real estate developers and are evicted out of their homes, but in some cases, they manage to win and the results are a landmark of those that stood up and refused to be bought!
1. Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, 2015
2. Luoyang, Henan province, 2015
3. Wenling, Zhejiang province, 2012
4. Changsha, Hunan province, 2007
5. Chongqing, 2009
6. Shenzen, 2007. Photo: Paul Yeung, Reuters, 2007
7. Rui’an, Zhejiang province, 2013
8. Hefei, Anhui province, 2010
9. Hefei, Anhui province, 2008. Photo: Jianan Yu, Reuters (The banner reads “strongly requesting the government to punish the developer who demolished my house, give back my home”)
10. Guangzhou, Guangdong province, 2008. Photo: Joe Tan, Reuters. “Nail house” being demolished after its owner lost a legal battle with the real estate developers of a high-rise apartment complex
11. Hefei, Anhui province, 2010
12. Nanjing, Jiangsu province, 2008. Photo: Sean Yong, Reuters
13. Xiangyang, Hubei province, 2013
14. Kunming, Yunnan province, 2010
15. Central Shanghai, 2010. Photo: Carlos Barria, Reuters. Woman standing at the balcony of her house which will be demolished in order to build a new apartment building
16. Chongqing, 2007. Photo: Zhou Shuquang