Rest in peace? 'Nail tomb' surrounded by new high-rise buildings in Shanxi

Updated: 07 Dec 2012
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Workers lay the foundation for an apartment building around a solitary remaining 'nail tomb' in Taiyuan in north China's Shanxi province. Source: AP
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Family members are waiting for a more auspicious day to move the remains of their ancestors, despite being offered $153,000.
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CHINESE construction workers are building a new skyscraper around a grave after family members refused to remove the remains.
The burial mound, with a lone tombstone on top, sits smack in the middle of a busy construction site in Taiyuan city, in north China’s Shanxi province.
The bizarre stand-off comes after developers bought a cemetery and paid locals to remove their ancestors. However, one family has held out, despite being offered around $150,000 to co-operate, the Sun reports.
The family is waiting for a more auspicious day to disinter the remains.
The strange building site comes just one week after Chinese duck farmer Luo Baogen took a $40,000 payout to finally demolish his ‘rail house’. Mr Luo had long refused to tear down his home in protest against corrupt officials, even after a highway was built around the property.
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