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Inside A Chinese Ghost Town

Otherworldly photos of an abandoned fishing village slowly being reclaimed by nature.

Some 40 miles east of Shanghai sits Houtouwan, a once-thriving fishing village. Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, while the Cultural Revolution raged elsewhere in China, Houtouwan was home to prosperous fishermen who built courtyard houses atop dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea. But as China's economy grew in the ’80s, competition from commercial fishing as well as better opportunities on the mainland led Houtouwan’s residents — all 3,000 of them — to abandon their homes. Creeping vegetation quickly took over, creating an eerie site now visited only by curious day-trippers.

THE BACK BAY JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images THE BACK BAY Houtouwan, or "The Back Bay" in Mandarin, is situated on Gouqi Island, one of the 400 islands of the Shengshan Archipelago at the mouth of the Yangtze River. THE ONES WHO STAYED JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images THE ONES WHO STAYED Today, Houtouwan has only a dozen remaining residents, who are not there to fish but to run shops for tourists attracted to the village's unique scenery.
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JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images A ONCE-BUSTLING OASIS JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images A ONCE-BUSTLING OASIS LOOKING DOWN ON WHAT REMAINS JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images LOOKING DOWN ON WHAT REMAINS GREEN CEMETERY JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images GREEN CEMETERY



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