Mrs Wuping defending her property.
Local residents of Chongqing, China explained that this building is quite famous. A lot of people in Chongqing have seen it. If you ride the light rail and pass through Yangjiaping station you are able to see a peculiar landscape. In the middle of a construction site stands a solitary, small two story building. The surrounding soil has all been excavated, just like it was built on an isolated island. A Chongqing resident then took a picture and named it “China’s most incredible holdout.”
This has created a buzz in web forums across China! See more at this blog from China.
Update (22/03/07): The couple that own the property want the developer to give them a similar sized area within the new development. The company is refusing and is instead offering compensation, which the couple have refused.
The case has been to court and the couple have been asked to back down. Because of all the media attention the husband (54 yr old Yang Wuping) has suddenly decided to camp out on the building in protest (pictured below). They are hoping to be China’s first test case under the new property law passed recently.
The property law isn’t effective until October according to a People’s University professor so it looks like a long summer stake out! Source.
Update (29/03/06): this story just runs & runs. Now it’s beginning to reach the established media in the west; nyt
Update:(May) The Wupings got their money and their property has been demolished. 🙂