Tourists explore an abandoned Chinese ‘ghost village’ engulfed by nature

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Tourists explore an abandoned Chinese ‘ghost village’ engulfed by nature

Buildings are covered in ivy in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai. The “ghost village” draws visitors down perilous footpaths winding past structures worn down by roots, rain, vines and wind.
A tourist stares at mists blanketing the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan off the coast of Shanghai.
Ruins of a building in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 off the coast of Shanghai.
Lin Fazhen, 60, left, leaves his home with a neighbor in the former fishing village of Houtouwan. The pair are two of the five residents left from the 3,000 that once lived in the village.
A building is covered in ivy in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai.
Ruins of a building in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai.
Lin Fazhen, 60, sits outside his home in the former fishing village of Houtouwan. He is one of the five residents left from the 3,000 that once lived in the village.
Tourists walk up narrow stairs winding through the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan. Only 5 of the 3,000 residents remain in what some call a “ghost village” that draws visitors down perilous footpaths winding past structures worn down by roots, rain, vines and wind.
Huang Dan, 22, while on a visit to the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan. She enjoys photographing the beauty of human structures subsumed by roots, rain, vines and wind. “It feels like this place belonged to nature from the very beginning, and the old invaders finally left, and nature finally made it back,” she said.
Tourists walk next to an abandoned building in the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai. Only five of the 3,000 residents remain in what some call a “ghost village.”
Tourists pass by a sign which reads “Houtouwan” leading to the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai. Only 5 of the 3,000 residents remain in what some call a “ghost village” that draws visitors down perilous footpaths winding past structures worn down by roots, rain, vines and wind.
Tourists rest inside the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai.
Tourists walk next to an abandoned building in the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai.
Tourists play at the beach next to abandoned buildings in the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai.
Zhu Mandi, 50, right, and her son, Wang Yi, 27, carefully walk through the former fishing village of Houtouwan to find the home their family abandoned in 1995.
A building is covered in ivy in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, 9off the coast of Shanghai.
Dogs rest on stone steps in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan.

Tourists explore an abandoned Chinese ‘ghost village’ engulfed by nature

Buildings are covered in ivy in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai. The “ghost village” draws visitors down perilous footpaths winding past structures worn down by roots, rain, vines and wind.
A tourist stares at mists blanketing the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan off the coast of Shanghai.
Ruins of a building in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 off the coast of Shanghai.
Lin Fazhen, 60, left, leaves his home with a neighbor in the former fishing village of Houtouwan. The pair are two of the five residents left from the 3,000 that once lived in the village.
A building is covered in ivy in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai.
Ruins of a building in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai.
Lin Fazhen, 60, sits outside his home in the former fishing village of Houtouwan. He is one of the five residents left from the 3,000 that once lived in the village.
Tourists walk up narrow stairs winding through the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan. Only 5 of the 3,000 residents remain in what some call a “ghost village” that draws visitors down perilous footpaths winding past structures worn down by roots, rain, vines and wind.
Huang Dan, 22, while on a visit to the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan. She enjoys photographing the beauty of human structures subsumed by roots, rain, vines and wind. “It feels like this place belonged to nature from the very beginning, and the old invaders finally left, and nature finally made it back,” she said.
Tourists walk next to an abandoned building in the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, about 50 miles off the coast of Shanghai. Only five of the 3,000 residents remain in what some call a “ghost village.”
Tourists pass by a sign which reads “Houtouwan” leading to the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai. Only 5 of the 3,000 residents remain in what some call a “ghost village” that draws visitors down perilous footpaths winding past structures worn down by roots, rain, vines and wind.
Tourists rest inside the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai.
Tourists walk next to an abandoned building in the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai.
Tourists play at the beach next to abandoned buildings in the former fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, off the coast of Shanghai.
Zhu Mandi, 50, right, and her son, Wang Yi, 27, carefully walk through the former fishing village of Houtouwan to find the home their family abandoned in 1995.
A building is covered in ivy in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan, 9off the coast of Shanghai.
Dogs rest on stone steps in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the remote island of Shengshan.
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