Photo Essay: OMG, They've Torn Down Our Family Home in China! | Speaking of China

Photo Essay: OMG, They’ve Torn Down Our Family Home in China!

Okay, so the headline is a little exaggerated…but it’s true. Our family home in the countryside has been torn down.

Still, it’s for a positive reason — the family wants to rebuild the home. Fair enough.

I never expected to have such an up close and personal experience with home renovations — to actually witness the destruction of a house while I was walking out the door. (Yes, true story — I had to dodge old wooden planks raining down from the roof the very morning they began tearing down the house.)

So here’s a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to tear down a countryside home in China. Or at least, in the China I know:


The morning when it all began, bright and early.


OMG, the roof is almost gone!


Once they razed the home to the ground, all that remained was this motley assortment of rocks. Whoa.


And this is all that’s left of the home I once knew.

Good thing we spend most of our time in Hangzhou, because the renovations will get messy and noisy in the next few weeks.

I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

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14 Responses

  1. Marta
    Marta May 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm | | Reply

    Wow! It’s a total makeover! At least it was knocked down because you wanted and not because you were forced to… which is very common here!

  2. gordon chung
    gordon chung May 14, 2016 at 12:50 am | | Reply

    from the look of the first picture, the house did not look that old. is it because the family want a modern home with all the modern amenity ???
    i don’t want to pry, will it cost more than rmb 200,000 to rebuild the home ???

  3. IC
    IC May 14, 2016 at 3:27 am | | Reply

    Must be better building in future.

  4. IC
    IC May 14, 2016 at 8:10 am | | Reply

    Do you have new house plan to show?

  5. Ruth - China Elevator Stories
    Ruth - China Elevator Stories May 14, 2016 at 11:26 am | | Reply

    Good thing it’s not a forced destruction! My in-laws’ old house was torn down, but not because they wanted it to be torn down. They did get a government assigned apartment and seem to like the conveniences of running water and floor heating in winter, but they were still sad to leave the old house.

  6. Holly Hollins
    Holly Hollins May 16, 2016 at 9:01 pm | | Reply

    Didn’t your in-laws just recently over the last couple years build an extension for you and John?
    (I can’t word it correctly, but they built room for you and John to live there for a while, right?)

    Is that part being kept?

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