News of the people, by the people, for the people

Abandoned 'ghost village' in China becomes overgrown

by: Siddiq Ansari
9 June, 2018

Shengshan island in China's eastern Zhejiang province is home to Houtouwan, an abandoned village that has become overgrown with thick green vegetation.

Agence France-Presse photojournalist Johannes Eisele went to Houtouwan to capture these extraordinary aerial photos.

Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP
Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP

The tiny island was once home to a bustling fishing village with more than 2,000 fishermen and their families housed in more than 500 homes.

Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP
Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP

The remoteness of the island meant that the standards of education and quality of food deliveries suffered.

Residents started to leave the island in the early 1990s in search of a better life.

Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP

By 1994 almost everyone had left, and only a few villagers remain today.

Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP

Over the years lush vegetation reclaimed the buildings, making the isolated island a popular tourist destination.

Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP
Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP
Abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan islandImage copyrightAFP

Top Stories

33 kg gold smuggling case: Police raid Mohan Agrawal’s house

Police on Friday carried out a raid at the house of Mohan Agrawal, the main investor of 33 kg gold, at Anamnagar in the Capital.

9 June, 2018

NOC Managing Director Khadka resigns

8 June, 2018

Singapore's Gurkha Contingent likely to guard Trump-Kim summit

8 June, 2018

Nepali Congress rejects presidential system idea

9 June, 2018

Abandoned 'ghost village' in China becomes overgrown

9 June, 2018

The Siege of Qatar

10 June, 2018