2 Dec 2012

Highway home now demolished

10:20 am on 2 December 2012

A five-storey home marooned in the middle of a new road in eastern China for more than a year because its owner refused to leave, has finally been demolished.

The road, in Zhejiang province, was built around the house because duck farmer Luo Baogen wanted more compensation.

Mr Luo, 67, said he had just finished the home at a cost of $US95,000 and had been offered only $US35,000 to move.

The Xinhua news agency said Mr Luo and his wife finally accepted $US41,000 and moved out on Saturday morning before bulldozers moved in.

The road is a link to a new railway station.

Mr Luo was the only owner of 459 households to reject the relocation plans.

His home earned the nickname "nail house" because, like a stubborn nail, it was difficult to move.