If you can't build through it, build around it – city planners seem to have taken this advice quite literally.
Motorway builders encircled the homes of three Chinese families with a four-lane flyover after they refused to make way for the bulldozers.
Demolition teams in Guangzhou had planned to destroy the houses in order to connect the city's road network to a recently opened tunnel under the Pearl River.
A photograph of the so-called "nail houses" – so named because they proved difficult to move–completely surrounded by the flyover, proved popular on the Chinese Internet this week.
Some Internet users joked that authorities had given locals homes "with a 360-degree road view".