Houtouwan was a thriving fishing community of sturdy brick homes that climb up the steeply hilled island of Shenghshan, but is now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown as if vacuum-sealed in a lush layer of green. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Eerie Images of a Chinese Ghost Town Being Engulfed by Nature

The remote, nearly abandoned clifftop village is slowly being reabsorbed into the landscape.

A ghost town in China is perched atop cliffs looking at the sea. Abandoned homes have been ravaged by weather and creeping vines, and there is little noise besides the surf, birds and mosquitos. Houtouwan—”Black Bay” in Mandarin—is an abandoned fishing village that has been engulfed. It is located on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90 kilometers off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of tourists recently visited the muddy footpaths and overgrown lawns to photograph the village and ask: What happened?

Visitors must take a boat to Shengshan and then a taxi up a hill to a cemetery overlooking the village, then they must walk down a dangerous footpath.

The village isn’t full abandoned, and is home to five residents. Sun Ayue lives just off the main path, and said that 600 families left Houtouwan because it lacked proper roads and a school.

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June 1, 2018 photo of abandoned village Houtouwan on Shengshan island, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Houtouwan was a thriving fishing community, but is now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown in a lush layer of green. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
One of the five villagers who still remain, walking between abandoned houses in Houtouwan. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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