The eerie charm of the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan, China

Cloaked in creepers, the ghost village of Houtouwan, on the tiny island of Shengshan, east of Shanghai, now finds itself subject to a regular influx of tourists who come to photograph it. In this shot, former residents Xu Yueding and his wife Tang Yaxue eat lunch while visitors take snapshots behind them. The couple left Houtouwan more than 20 years ago, part of a migration that started in the early 1990s – when the island’s wealthier residents began to leave for a better life. Now they return each day to their former house, along with other neighbours, to greet tourists and sell bottles of water, currently the only thing available for sale in the village.

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