December 18, 2012
From China’s “Nail Grave” Relocated, one of 11 photos. A 10-meter-high tomb stands in a construction site, waiting to be relocated, in Taiyuan, north China’s Shanxi province, after the owner of this “nail grave” reached an agreement with the construction consortium and would receive 800 yuan ($128 USD) in compensation, on December 13, 2012. Government-backed land grabs have become a volatile problem as officials and developers seek to cash in on the nation’s property boom, sometimes forcing people out of their homes without proper compensation. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

From China’s “Nail Grave” Relocated, one of 11 photos. A 10-meter-high tomb stands in a construction site, waiting to be relocated, in Taiyuan, north China’s Shanxi province, after the owner of this “nail grave” reached an agreement with the construction consortium and would receive 800 yuan ($128 USD) in compensation, on December 13, 2012. Government-backed land grabs have become a volatile problem as officials and developers seek to cash in on the nation’s property boom, sometimes forcing people out of their homes without proper compensation. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

December 1, 2012
From No More House in the Middle of the Street, one of 6 photos.  Excavators are used to demolish a house standing alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, China, on December 1, 2012. Luo Baogen, the owner of the house, who earlier refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished, finally signed the agreement after discussions with the local government and his relatives. The demolition of the house started this Saturday, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily) (Previously)

From No More House in the Middle of the Street, one of 6 photos. Excavators are used to demolish a house standing alone in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, China, on December 1, 2012. Luo Baogen, the owner of the house, who earlier refused to sign an agreement to allow his house to be demolished, finally signed the agreement after discussions with the local government and his relatives. The demolition of the house started this Saturday, local media reported. (Reuters/China Daily) (Previously)

November 22, 2012
From The House In The Middle Of The Street, one of 3 photos. A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province, November 22, 2012. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. They say that compensation offered is not enough to cover rebuilding costs, according to local media. (Reuters/China Daily)

From The House In The Middle Of The Street, one of 3 photos. A car stops beside a house in the middle of a newly built road in Wenling, Zhejiang province, November 22, 2012. An elderly couple refused to sign an agreement to allow their house to be demolished. They say that compensation offered is not enough to cover rebuilding costs, according to local media. (Reuters/China Daily)