This is What Happens When Mother Nature Claims a Village

There is something eerily beautiful about the fishing village of Houtouwan on Shengshan Island, about 40 miles southeast of Shanghai, China.

What was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen and their families now has only a handful of people still living there. Situated on one of more than 400 islands in the Shengsi archipelago, it was abandoned in the early 1990s as residents moved away as it became more economical for fishermen to move and work on the mainland.

Over time, mother nature has reclaimed the village, slowly turning it into a green wonderland as vines slowly swallow its structures and creep along the crumpling paths.

Photo courtesy of Qing Jian
Photo courtesy of Qing Jian
Photo courtesy of Qing Jian

Some of the buildings that remain have walls that have fallen or roofs that have collapsed, while others have had their industrial finish replaced with blankets of local vines and grasses. Only the remains of a fishing port hint at the village’s commercial past.

Some of the buildings still have household objects and furniture in them but they too have not gone untouched by mother nature.

The locals that live there (less than a dozen), now tour a handful of adventurers through the once-thriving village and sell them water, which is the only object for sale in the village.

Check out the video below by the National Geographic to see this spectacular sight for yourself:


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