Aug 14 2013, 3:40am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
A Chinese man, the head of an herbal medicine business and with influence in politics too, had built a rock villa atop a high rise building in Beijing. The villa was made of boulders, shrubs and greenery and was the scene of parties and loud music. While the villa was apparently not causing much harm, nevertheless it had been constructed without any permission from the government. The strange structure looked odd when seen lying on the rooftop of the 26 floor apartment building.
According to residents of the building, the villa was damaging the pipelines of the residential apartment. Finally, after the media made mention of the rocky retreat, the government decided to act. The owner was given a two week notice to take down the artificial superstructure.
Most of the issues that people had with the rock villa were related to safety. It was a physical hazard that might have added to the stresses and strains the building was under. The transportation of the rocks up to the rooftop caused unwanted noise. And the weight of the structure was causing cracks in the walls of the residents that dwelled downstairs. After several complaints which went unheeded, the matter was taken up with the authorities. And they have decided to get tough on the medicine man that has so much clout.
Source: The Guardian
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