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Subject: Too close for comfort?

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/17/10 at 12:54 pm

Government officials in China say two blocks of flats - built less than four inches (10cm) apart - will be demolished.

The buildings are so close together that residents in one can kiss people living in the other without even leaning over.

Developers said they had no choice but to build them so close because of a lack of residential land in Gaopo village, Haikou, Hainan Province.

Villagers say it was the only free bit of land suitable for housing and that there was a waiting list for the two blocks, as demand outstrips supply.

But Haikou city government officials said the six and seven-storey buildings had been erected illegally.

They say the buildings must come down - but first they must be evacuated so no date had been set for the demolition work.

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