Monday, March 12, 2007

A Beautiful Island Home

A little something to start your Monday off right. As in, thank goodness I don't live here:

After a row with developers, this family's home has been left perched 12m (40ft) up on its own concrete island. It all started when they refused to accept compensation to move and, while the row rumbled on, the bulldozers excavated the site around them.

Rumoured to have government connections, the family is not expected to be forced out. But popping to the shops might be a bit difficult. And as for getting the car out of the garage – well, who knows? The house is in Chongqing, central China – the fastest growing urban centre in the world, with more than 4 million residents. The boom is fuelled by strong economic growth and the 2008 Beijing Olympics...

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