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Last holdout in downtown Beijing

2010-07-15 06:02:01 GMT2010-07-15 14:02:01 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A "nail house," the last house in the area, stands in front of a tall building, blocking the road in Beijing's downtown area, July 14, 2010.[Photo/Asianewsphoto]

A bird's-eye view of a "nail house" standing in front of a tall building and blocking the road in Beijing's downtown area, July 14, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

A bird's-eye view of a "nail house" standing in front of a tall building and blocking the road in Beijing's downtown area, July 14, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

"Nail house" owner Zhang Changfu stands in his yard in Beijing's downtown area, July 14, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

A "nail house," the last house in the area, stands in front of a tall building, blocking the road in Beijing's downtown area, July 14, 2010

The house owner Zhang Changfu's family has been living in this condition for seven years while the area was built into a modern community with many high-end residential buildings. Living in Beijing's "hardest nail house," as dubbed by many, Zhang said he was helpless because the family wanted to have their house demolished and move away but didn't know whom to turn to for help. "We feel very sorry for causing so much inconvenience to our neighbors, but we really don't know whom we can turn to for help to solve this problem," Zhang said.

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