China's 'most land-saving house' demolished one day after the house built on bridge draws nationwide attention

Updated:Thu, Jan 24, 2013 22:40 PM   By Bernd Chang

House built on bridge,Most land saving house

China's 'most land-saving house' has been demolished one day after the house was widely reported in Chinese media. The house was built on a bridge as a senior activity center in May 2010 by local residents in Meixi Village, Wenqiao Town, Wenling City, Zhejiang province in eastern China.

China's 'most land-saving house' demolished one day after the house built on bridge draws nationwide attention. The swift action of the local authority have shocked and outraged many Chinese netizens, as some feel deeply distressed to see fortune being ruined in this way.
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The three-floor house that was built on top of a bridge in Zhejiang has been forcefully demolished 24 hours after it draws nationwide attention.

The swift action of the local authority have shocked and outraged many Chinese netizens, as some feel deeply distressed to see fortune being wasted in the way of arbitarily building then demolishing.

"Fxxxx your mom! It is great waste to (demolish such a house)! " cursed Netease netizen 一杯不醉双杯献酒.

"That house was built by the migrant workers with their own money. Why demolish it just when you want to?" criticized a Netease netizen from Tangshan of Hebei province.

"We do as soon as we talk about demolishing it! So we are called Chaina (拆那, meaning demolished, pronounced similar as China)", commented Netease netizen 杀猪地0 cynically.

"Such a strong house was demolished while many houses in dangerous safety conditions remain", commented Netease netizen clcgyg1730.

"I want to xxxxxx! Even if you are rich, you should not play the money in this way! Such a wastrel!" commented Netease netizen GXliangy.

"Very characteristic socialism!" commented Netease netizen 光头爱飘柔.

The house was reportedly built as a senior activity center in May 2010 by local residents in Meixi Village, Wenqiao Town, Wenling City, Zhejiang province in eastern China.

In addition to the community senior center, a post office has also opened up shop in the building.

As for why the builders chose to construct a house over a canal, Chen Zaiyun, director of the village committee, said it was because land resources in the village were scarce.

"There are two dams on the mountain which can block floods, and two retaining dams under the bridge which have been reinforced several times. It is absolutely safe", said Liu Meigen, vice director of the village senior society to reporters who questioned on the safety of the house.

Pictures of the bridge house hit the headline on Tuesday in all major Chinese news media. Nicknamed "Venice" and given the honor of "most land-saving house" by Chinese netizens, the bridge is supported by only three concrete pillars. While some netizens are concerned with the safety of the house, most Chinese hold a positive attitude to the structure.

As some Chinese netizens are ready to praise the local government for allowing such a house built on bridge to survive, comes the news that it has been demolished with bulldozers 24 hours after the house was exposed.

In december of 2012, a nail house in the same city Wenling in Zhejiang had been the media focus for more than a week. The house standing in middle road, dubbed as the 'most awesome nail house' of China, ended up in forced demolition as most of other nail houses of China.

So does China really deserve the nickname Chaina (拆那, demolished)?

 

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