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‘Most Hardcore Nail House’ in Middle of Road Demolished

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

When the Wenling government in Zhejiang province decided to build a road for their train station, they began to tear down the houses in the way. However, one house owner, Luo Baogen, refused to move, because the government would only compensate him 250,000 yuan for his 4-storey house which cost him more than 600,000 yuan to build and decorate. Standing conspicuously in the middle of the newly paved road, Luo Baogen and his house soon went viral on the Chinese internet, with the Chinese media calling his home “the most hardcore nail house”.

Recently, Luo Baogen finally came to terms with the local government, and the house has been demolished. Here’s the news about the demolition…

From NetEase:

Zhejiang Wenling’s Most Hardcore Nail House Demolished

November 30 at 6:35pm, after repeated discussions with the local government and his relatives, Zhejiang Wenling Daxi County Xiayangzhang Village homeowner Luo Baogen signed the demolition and relocation agreement. That night, the demolition began. In the morning of December 1, the house was officially demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

December 1 morning, Zhejiang Wenling’s most hardcore nail house was demolished.

Luo Baogen's house is being demolished.

The inside of the house has become a mess.

Luo Baogen's house at night.

Removing company's workers are moving Luo's family belongings.

A worker is working on the house for demolition.

A moment before the demolition.

A moment before the demolition.

November 30 night, on site at Zhejiang Wenling’s most hardcore nail house. Luo Baogen and the government reached an agreement on demolition, with the government employing demolition workers to work overnight, demolishing the building floor by floor from top to bottom, as well as hiring a moving company to transport Luo Baogen’s family belongings.

Luo Baogen and his certificate of land for his house.

Luo Baogen and his certificate of land for his house.

November 22, Taizhou Wenling, “nail house owner” Luo Baogen’s land certificate.

The house stands on the road in front of Wenling Train Station.

The nail house on the road in front of the Wenling Train Station.

The rice Luo harvested this year is storing at home.

“Nail house” owner Luo Baogen makes a living farming on land he rents, with the rice he harvested this year stored at home.

The house stands on the road in front of Wenling Train Station.

The house stands on the road in front of Wenling Train Station.

November 21 afternoon, on the unopened road in front of the Zhejiang Wenling Train Station, a 4-storey building stands in the middle of the road, with two rooms still occupied by residents. Although the road hasn’t officially opened, some cars passing by must go around the house to continue on their way.

Comments from NetEase:

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谁删操谁老妈一次 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Such a big house, and the interior decoration isn’t bad either. If [they] only compensate 250,000 yuan, it’d really be a loss, so no wonder he doesn’t want to move! Leaders, would you move if it was your house?

白菜帮子V [网易河北省廊坊市网友]:

By the look of it, the interior decoration is not bad…

西岚妖歌 [网易广东省深圳市网友]: (responding to above)

What a shame, so nicely decorated but now demolished.

网易浙江省金华市网友 ip:122.243.*.*:

With this kind of interior decoration, who dares to say 600,000 yuan isn’t enough compensation?

hbycxzhs [网易浙江省温州市网友]: (responding to above)

If it were me, I’d ask for at least 2 million yuan in compensation.

床上男人 [网易内蒙古网友]:

An agreement has already been reached, yet still having to come work late at night, it’s so tiresome being leaders.

Aova [网易湖南省常德市网友]:

The decoration isn’t bad, and by the look of it, it’d cost hundreds of thousands for these several stories.
Now that the agreement has been reached, the cost will be higher in the future.

xinyuanfood [网易山东省烟台市网友]:

So who icompromised??

peipeielephant [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]:

Such a big house… given so little compensation…

Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友 冰儿:

What does buying a house mean? It means having a house you can call your own. Yes, that’s what you think. But in China, you don’t actually own this house, it’s only rented to you. Because the house is yours, but the land isn’t, and you only get land usage rights for 70 years (70 years ago was the time of the war of resistance against Japan, but who has seen a house from that time?). Houses under normal circumstances will face demolition or renovation in about 30 years. Which is to say, you spent an amount of money to buy a house, but you’re effectively only renting one. Of course, this isn’t the worst part. The worst part is, several decades later, you find out you’ve been cheated! When a bunch of thugs break into the house which you bought with your entire life’s savings, and paint a big “demolish” on it! Then they throw all your family belongings out of the door like trash, ignoring your desperate begging, and even slander you as a nail house owner on the newspapers. And as you’re being insulted by the masses, that’s when you’ll know what desperation and hopelessness is!

腾讯网友 敏敏:

Over 600,000 yuan was spend when this building was built. Looking at the interior decoration, it’s definitely worth this much money, so the government only offering a little more than 200,000 yuan is too malicious. If this house belonged to a certain departmental cadre, I believe the result would’ve been totally different… so pathetic.

腾讯镇江市网友 基督的信徒:

Does every citizen have to be hurt, get reported by the press, get the attention of the relevant government leaders, and so on before that citizen will get the compensation and fair treatment he/she deserves? This is worth pondering deeply for us Chinese citizens. I hope the new generation of leaders will consider the people, and serve the people.

腾讯宁波市网友 云普 2012-12-01:

According to the report, Luo Baogen and the government reached an agreement on demolition, with the government hiring a moving company to transport Luo Baogen’s family belongings away. Why was Luo Baogen’s house quietly demolished at night? That I just don’t understand…?

腾讯鄂尔多斯市网友 灵境元清:

Is the reporter of this article nao can or something? How did he become a nail house owner? Don’t just go around throwing shit on people’s faces labeling them nail house owners, okay? Do you know the reason [of him being like this] ???

腾讯网友 大鹏:

With this arge of a building, and this kind of interior decor, compensating 260,000 yuan is indeed too little. One can’t even buy a 100㎡ house in Wenling County with 260,000 yuan.

腾讯金华市网友 蓝天:

The nail house owner said he doesn’t have money, but does this kind of interior decoration look like it was done by a family without money? It was decorated like this several years ago, which means the [economic] situation of this family is very good, and his family’s background [connections] must be very strong.

腾讯衢州市网友 天空之泪: (responding to above)

Can your house be decorated 7, 8 years ago still look this new now?

腾讯网友 小倪:

What was the agreement like?

腾讯西安市网友 谁要我:

It hasn’t been revealed to the public? What’s the content of this agreement? Threat? Compromise?

Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.

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