Residents playing games in one of Xiancun alleys

Unreal Estate and China’s Collective Unconscious

Residents playing games in one of Xiancun alleys

Villagers and developers in Xiancun have been involved in a number of violent confrontations in the past few years. As a result, demolition has been halted. The villagers have also taken the developers and the government to court, asserting that the forced demolition was illegal and that some of the previous land sales to the government were arranged illegally by corrupt village officials without the villagers’ consensus.

Xiancun, Guangdong 2013