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The owner and constructor, Zhang Biqing, says that the fake mountain was made of light materials including plastic and resin but admitted he had not obtained planning permission for a small sunroom. Speaking to the Newshour programme on BBC World Service radio, he said: "It's not like the whole building is illegal."
Angry neighbors say they've complained for years that the unauthorized, 800-square-meter (8,600-sq. feet) mansion and its attached landscaping was damaging the building's structural integrity and its pipe system, but that local authorities failed to crack down. They've also complained about loud, late-night parties.