Homeowners Luo Baogen and his wife refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, claiming the relocation compensation offered would not be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. The neighboring homes were dismantled, and, bizarrely, the road was built around the intact home, leaving it as an island in a river of new asphalt. Their house is the only building left standing on a road which is paved through their village. Maybe Luo Baogen can start a Drive Through restaurant?

The House in the Middle of the Road

An old man looks down from his house which stands alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

A car drives past a house which stands alone in middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. CHINA DAILY/REUTERS

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A house is seen in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

A house is seen in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

A house is seen in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

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A house is seen in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

Luo smokes in his house which stands alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

Luo looks at his surroundings from the balcony in his house which stands alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

Onlooking villagers stand beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

Workers demolish a residential building near a house standing in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

A man poses for a photograph beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

A man drives towards a house standing in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

Luo walks in his house which stands alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

The House in the Middle of the Road

Furniture are covered with cloths in a house which stands alone in the middle of a newly built road at Wenling. ALY SONG/REUTERS

Nov 24, 2012