Fake mountain built on roof of high-rise in China

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by CBS News

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Posted on August 14, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 14 at 12:17 PM

BEIJING -- In Beijing, a man built a fake mountain on top of an apartment building. It took him six years and he didn't have single permit. Now he's supposed to tear it down. The illegal construction it appears takes more than money -- it takes connections.

There are rooftop gardens, and then, there are rooftop mountains -- at least in one part of Beijing. An illegally built two-story "mountainscape" and villa is perched on top of a 26-story apartment building in the city. The details, as seen from a neighboring skyscraper, include ladders, walkways, and dangling foliage.

CBS News tried to find its owner, Zhang Biqing -- a well-to-do practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.

China medicine mogul ordered to tear down luxury villa he built illegally on top of high-rise

CBS News' Seth Doane knocked on his door, where a sign dated Aug. 12 reads that he must tear down the 800-square-meter, 8,600-square-feet, illegal construction within 15 days. That couldn't come soon enough for some neighbors.

"We've always heard noise from upstairs," Mr. Li, a neighbor, told CBS News. "It was loud indeed."

Another resident, Mr. Liu, said he heard drilling sounds from decorating. "Sometimes you can see decoration materials in the elevator," he said. "He shouldn't be able to do that."

CBS News' Seth Doane reported, "We've climbed up the stairs from the 26th floor -- right below this mountainscape - and this is what we've found -- trees, tree stumps, and fake branches."

Click here to read more and watch the report at CBSNews.com.

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