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Jul 29, 2015

Creeping Vines: More of the abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

Creeping Vines: More of the abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

We already featured the abandoned Chinese fishing village that was swallowed by nature in our blog, but those were kind of old pictures. Photographer Damir Sagolj also visited this village and came back with this pictures.

Just a handful of people still live in a village on Shengshan Island east of Shanghai that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. Every day hundreds of tourists visit Houtouwan, making their way on narrow footpaths past tumbledown houses overtaken by vegetation. The remote village, on one of more than 400 islands in the Shengsi archipelago, was abandoned in the early 1990s as first wealthy residents then others moved away, aiming to leave problems with education and food delivery behind them.

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Tourists walk between buildings covered with vines in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A former resident who is engaged by the local government to assist visiting tourists arrives in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan as mist rises early July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Sun Ayue, one of very few residents of the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan is seen from inside the room where he lives July 25, 2015. Sun, a 59-year-old former fisherman who doesn't often leave the village, except for an occasional game of mahjong in the town across the hill, lives alone in a house with no running water and electricity. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Sun Ayue, one of very few residents of the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan prepares dinner at the room where he lives July 25, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Sun Ayue, one of a few remaining residents, stands in his home in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A building which is covered with leaves is seen through broken windows of an empty house at the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A bed and other furniture are left inside a room of a small apartment at the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A house is covered with vines in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Children's clothes lie on a sofa in an empty house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Vegetation grows through an open door of a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A tourist poses for photos in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 25, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Tourists walk between buildings covered with leaves at the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 25, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A picture of a Chinese God of Fortune is stuck to a wall in a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A woman takes pictures as morning mist covers the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Objects lie in an empty house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 25, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A tourist looks inside a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A tourist walks between building completely covered with plants in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Tourists visit the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan as its former residents, now visiting, have lunch July 25, 2015. Xu Yueding and his wife Tang Yaxue, who left the village over 20 years ago, come back every day to their former house to welcome visiting tourists and sell them bottles of water, the only thing available to buy in the village. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A photographer uses a large format camera to take pictures as tourists visit the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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