Stubborn Shanghai Residents


A man surnamed Xu, 50, walks past a house carrying the Chinese character “Chai”, meaning “demolition”, in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. Xu's whole family used to live under the same roof together in Guangfuli. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A woman surnamed Li stands inside the house she shares with her husband as pictures of her mother-in-law and father-in-law are seen on the wall, in the Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



Electric wires hang above a demolished old house at Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 19, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A man sits in an alley in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 24, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A man shaves on the second floor of an old house in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A sign board for a public toilet is seen attached to an electric pole in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A man cleans the glass roof at the entrance of an apartment building constructed in 2004 after the demolition of old houses, at Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



Women chat inside a store in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A man walks between houses at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 19, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A women surnamed Li walks her dog in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 8, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A dog runs on the remains of old houses covered with a green net in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai China, April 18, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



Woman surnamed Xu watches TV at her eight-square-meter house where she lives with her husband at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 19, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A woman smokes as she starts her electric bike at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



Tao Weiren sits in front of his two-story house in Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, March 24, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A boy rides a tricycle in between semi demolished houses in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, March 28, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



Yueyue is held by her grandfather in an empty area outside their house at Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



An old house is seen in front of new apartment buildings in Guangfuli neighbourhood, in Shanghai, China, April 18, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



Bian Guohua stands outside his brother Bian Jianhua's place at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 1, 2016. Bian Jianhua, 48, lives with his mother at an around 20-square-meter house in Guangfuli. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)



A night view of the old houses surrounded by new apartment buildings at Guangfuli neighbourhood in Shanghai, China, April 10, 2016. In a corner of Shanghai, surrounded by a cement wall, lies one of the world's most valuable fields of debris and garbage. On paper, the Guangfuli neighbourhood is a real estate investor's dream: a plot in the middle of one of the world's most expensive and fast-rising property markets. But the reality is more like a developer's nightmare, thanks to hundreds of people living there who have refused to budge from their ramshackle homes for nearly 16 years as the local authority sought to clear the land for new construction. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)





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