Photos: An abandoned Chinese village has been reclaimed by nature
A tourist walks between buildings completely covered with plants.
Image: Reuters/Damir Sagolj
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The abandoned village of Houtouwan, a fishing village east of Shanghai on the island of Shengshan, was once home to over 2,000 fisherman and their families. Throughout the 1900s, families left the island for opportunities offered by mainland cities, and by 1994 Houtouwan was empty. Today, hundreds of tourists pass through daily, lured by tales of the town’s vine-draped buildings.
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