Defiant Chinese homeowner refuses to move as highway is built around his house

The motorway has carried on being built around Mr. Fu's home. (CEN)
The motorway has carried on being built around Mr. Fu's home. (CEN)

A Chinese homeowner has taken stubbornness to a whole new level – by refusing to move despite a motorway being built around his house. 

Fai Fu, who won’t allow builders to knock down his three-story property, reckons the Chinese government hasn’t offered him enough compensation for being forced out of the neighbourhood.

So while the motorway gets built around him, the 62-year-old hasn't budged.  

The extraordinary row has blown up in Luoyang City, Henan Province in central China. (CEN)
The extraordinary row has blown up in Luoyang City, Henan Province in central China. (CEN)

The construction started on the multi-million-pound project in central China's Henan Province more than two years ago. 

The road was designed to ease congestion in the suburbs and is due to open this summer.

 The motorway passes straight through Fai’s four-bedroom building, which is still standing, despite the bulldozers waiting outside. 

Fai has even planted a Chinese flag outside the property to remind developers that they must deal with him lawfully.

Bulldozers wait to demolish the home (CEN)
Bulldozers wait to demolish the home (CEN)

Bulldozers wait to demolish the home (CEN)

 

Fai has erected a Chinese flag outside to remind developers that they must deal with him lawfully (CEN)
Fai has erected a Chinese flag outside to remind developers that they must deal with him lawfully (CEN)

Fai has erected a Chinese flag outside to remind developers that they must deal with him lawfully (CEN)

Under Chinese property law, developers and officials are not allowed to forcibly remove a structure until all its owners are satisfied with the compensation received for releasing the land.

A legal source said: "There have been umpteen attempts at negotiation but the owner will not settle. He is holding up the whole project."