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Nail Houses in China

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a Nail House is a property the owner has refused to leave when faced with a new road development.

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The term nail house is limited to properties in China. The "nail" in the name doesn't refer to items used to hold the property together, it's a reference to the owners.

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The Chinese name for homes belonging to people who refuse to move to allow for a new development, as shown in this collection of images, is a "nail house". The nail refers to the owners who are "stubborn as nails" and refuse to make room for real estate development.

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The Chinese name for homes belonging to people who refuse to move to allow for a new development, as shown in this collection of images, is a "nail house". The nail refers to the owners who are "stubborn as nails" and refuse to make room for real estate development.

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The term "Nail House" is a metaphor coined by developers, which suggests that the owners of these properties are like nails that are stuck in wood and cannot be pounded away with a hammer.

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There have been quite a few high profile cases in the Chinese press including one 2007 case when 280 individuals living at the location where a six-story shopping mall was under construction refused to leave for two years as generation after generation had grown up in the property.

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Another case that made the headlines was a nail house which remained in Shenzhen far longer than those around it. By holding out the owners of that property got 10 and 20 million Yuan (US $1.3 million to $2.7 million).

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Another case that made the headlines was a nail house which remained in Shenzhen far longer than those around it. By holding out the owners of that property got 10 and 20 million Yuan (US $1.3 million to $2.7 million).

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Another property became famous when it ended up in the middle of a new road in Wenling, Zhejiang Province. The old couple in the place refused to sell so a major road to a new train station was constructed around their house.

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Nail houses get loads of attention in China thanks to bloggers and instagram images. We've adding to that with the following images. Check them all out.

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The nail house gallery continues...

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