2020-09-04

Houtouwan | The Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

The small fishing village of Houtouwan, which is located on one of the Chinese islands of the Shengshan, east of Shanghai, China. A remote village on one of the 400 archipelago of Shengsi. It was abandoned by the locals in the 1990s. Due to poor transport links and depletion of fish resources, residents were forced to find work in other cities, while leaving their coastal village at the whim of Mother Nature. The village was once home to over 2,000 fishermen, now home to less than a dozen people. 

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Houtouwan | Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

Houtouwan — Abandoned fishing village china


This town is located north of Shengshan Island, which belongs to the Shengsi Islands, a chain of 400 islands located 64 kilometers east of Shanghai . Houtouwan's popularity has grown considerably since nature has taken over. Its location, although close to the mainland, a remote and somewhat hidden place on an island off the coast of Shanghai. And it is currently being slowly engulfed by lush vegetation. The curious thing is not so many years ago that this fishing village was prosperous and with a strong fishing tradition, and more than 2000 people lived in their homes.

During the first years of the 1990s its inhabitants began to leave the town. Unfortunately, the island's resources were running out and fishermen, among others, were forced to leave town and seek a less remote place to make their new home. The town, far from becoming sad ruins and adopting a ghost town halo, is once again inhabited. Not by humans, but by abundant plants and lush vegetation . The vines cover the facades and enter through the doors and windows. Being uninhabited for twenty years and without humans to intercede, nature has flourished and shows all its splendor.

Houtouwan, Shengshan island


Despite the fact that there is no one living there, the town of Houtouwan enjoys great popularity. Today, Houtouwan the ghost village is only visited by tourists to see abandoned houses drowning in vines and other objects swallowed by wild vegetation. 


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Houtouwan - The Abandoned Village | Video

2 comments:

  1. It will be interesting to see how long it takes nature to reclaim it's land. The vines will, eventually, undermine the mortar holding the stones in place. The walls will collapse and the entire town will be covered with growth. Nothing lasts forever.

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  2. If it had poor transport links, how did the town get established in the first place?

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