The Abandoned Fishing Village of Houtouwan – Amazing Places

The Abandoned Fishing Village of Houtouwan

On Shengshan Island, east of Shanghai, China, only a handful of people still live in a village that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. Every day hundreds of tourists visit Houtouwan, making their way on narrow footpaths past crumbling houses overtaken by vegetation. The remote village, on one of more than 400 islands in the Shengsi archipelago, was abandoned in the early 1990s as residents moved away, aiming to leave problems with education and food delivery behind them. Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj recently paid a visit to Houtouwan, returning with these images.

Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan, China.

A tourist walks between buildings completely covered with plants in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan.

A photographer uses a large-format camera to take pictures of Houtouwan.

A building covered with leaves is seen through broken windows of an empty house at the abandoned village of Houtouwan.

A bed and other furniture are left inside a room of a small abandoned apartment in Houtouwan.

  • Tourists photograph the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan as its former residents, now visiting, have lunch on July 25, 2015. Xu Yueding and his wife Tang Yaxue, who left the village over 20 years ago, come back every day to their former house to welcome visiting tourists and sell them bottles of water, the only thing available to buy in the village. 

  • Vegetation grows through the open door of a house in Houtouwan.

    Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/07/the-abandoned-fishing-village-of-houtouwan/399911/

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