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A tourist walks between buildings completely covered with plants.

Photos: An abandoned Chinese village has been reclaimed by nature

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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A former resident who is engaged by the local government to assist visiting tourists arrives in the abandoned fishing village.
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Tourists walk between buildings covered with vines.
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Plants grow on houses.
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Vegetation grows through an open door of a house.
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A woman takes pictures as morning mist covers the abandoned fishing village.
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Tourists visit the abandoned fishing village.
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A building which is covered with leaves is seen through broken windows of an empty house.
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