[photopress:Ananova.jpg,full,alignright]This story appeared in English on Ananova, a news site which leans towards the quirky. Not all of its stories stand up to stern scrutiny. Bear that in mind.
Developers have turned a house into an island in China after the owner refused to move out. The villa now stands alone in a 30ft deep man-made pit in Chongqing city, reports Jinbao Daily.
The Chongqing Zhengsheng Real Estate Company wants to turn the area into a £40m ‘Broadway’ square, including apartments and a shopping mall. But the owner of the villa says he won’t move out unless the company pays his price — RMB20 million.
‘The villa owner refuses to move, so the real-estate developer has had to dig out all around it to force him to,’ says a saleswoman at Weilian Real Estate Sales Company. ‘He wants RMB20 million, or he’ll stay till the end of the world.’