'Highway House' Owner Finally Caves

Chinese farmer Luo Baogen lets officials demolish his home

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 1, 2012 5:03 PM CST

(Newser) – A symbol of resistance in China has finally bit the dust. An elderly couple had refused to give up their house even though a highway was built around it—and the quirky image became an Internet sensation, the Guardian reports. But duck farmer Luo Baogen, 67, and his wife eventually accepted about $41,000 to let the five-story building be demolished today in the Zhejiang province, according to Chinese media. "Luo Baogen received dozens of people from the media every day and his house stands in the center of the road," said a local official. "So he decided to demolish the house."

A house in the middle of a new road is torn down on the outskirts of Wenling city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
A house in the middle of a new road is torn down on the outskirts of Wenling city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo)
In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, people stand near a house sitting in the middle of a new main road on the outskirts of Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province.
In this Nov. 22, 2012 file photo, people stand near a house sitting in the middle of a new main road on the outskirts of Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province.   (AP Photo/File)
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