Highway house comes tumbling down

The Chinese ‘house in the highway’ we reported on last week has finally been bulldozed shortly after the owners accepted a settlement.

The five-story house was demolished after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan ($40,000), according to the Xiayangzhang village chief, Chen Xuecai.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Luo, 67, had just completed his house at a cost of about 600,000 yuan when the government approached him with their standard offer of compensation.

It was not immediately clear why Mr Luo accepted the compensation in a meeting with officials on Friday when the amount of money offered was the same as a week ago. Mr Chen said Mr Luo was tired of all the media attention and voluntarily consented to the deal.

There was no immediate confirmation from Mr Luo, whose mobile phone was turned off on Saturday.

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