Nail Houses: Holdouts Developers Couldn't Touch

Nail Houses: Holdouts Developers Couldn't Touch

Jennifer Hunter
Sep 5, 2014

A newly-built road had to be diverted around this apartment building in Zhejiang province via the Guardian.

In quickly-developing China, the term dingzihu or 'nail house' refers to a house or other structure whose owners bravely (or stubbornly, depending how you look at it) held on to their homes as the landscape changed around them — they stick out like the head of a nail.

In some cases, the utilities have been illegally cut and owners are forced to live like squatters in their own homes. Most owners are trying to eek out a better price for their valuable property, while others simply don't want to move.

A nail house in Rui'An, Zhejiang Province whose owner, Zheng Meiju refuses to vacate due to lack of proper compensation Via Kotaku

In 2007, this house was stranded on an island, surrounded by a construction site via the Guardian.

The residents of the Yangii village in Guangzhou, China have proven to be especially stubborn, this construction project was delayed 2 years thanks to the nail house owners. Via ABC News.

This farm was stranded between 3 freeways via Sina.

We're not sure we could hold out like these folks, but we applaud their pluck, nonetheless. It sure makes for a fascinating contrast between traditional Chinese culture, and the rapidly growing commercial sector.

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