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A couple's home in Zaozhuang, northern China's Shandong Province has been left on its own isolated 'island' after real estate developers dug out the ground around it. The couple, who are both in their 60s, have been living on the island without electricity or water since 2009. They refuse to move because the compensation offered to them is too low (Rex Features)

We're staying put: The homeowners who refused to move

Land is hot property in China. Developers often offer compensation to homes they wish to demolish in order build high rise complexes. But sometimes stubborn residents resist - with striking results as developments race ahead around them. These symbols of defiance are called "nail houses" - named simply because they stick up out of the land.