Despite living in “the worst block of flats in the world” and surrounded by a busy overpass, two brothers have stayed.
The run-down block of flats in Guangzhou, China was slated for demolition more than a decade ago, but Guo Zhiming and his brother refused to move out.
The standoff with developers dates back to 2008, when a major road was supposed to run through Haizhu District.
Most of the residents of the surrounding buildings came to an agreement with the planners and moved.
However, the Guo brothers’ demands were too high and the developers had to make compromises.
As a result, number 28 on Yongxing Jie has remained intact.
The grotesque piece of infrastructure gained international attention in 2015 when the nearby Zhoutouzui Tunnel was unveiled.
The footage showed the eight-story building surrounded by busy roads that meandered around its footprint.
Zhiming told Southern Metropolis Daily that he and his brother refused to move unless their offer was agreed.
He said, “Most residents received about 400,000 yuan (£45,210) in 2011, which was enough to buy a second-hand apartment at the time.”
“So most took the money to buy another house.”
The developers reportedly broke off negotiations and instead built the overpass around the building.
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