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Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village - 29 Jul 2015
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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July 29, 2015
A former resident who is engaged by the local government to assist visiting tourists arrives in the abandoned...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. 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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26,...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
Plants grow on houses in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. 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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Tourists walk between buildings covered with vines in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
Tourists walk between buildings covered with vines in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. 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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A tourist poses for photos in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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A tourist poses for photos in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Tourists walk between buildings covered with leaves at the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
Tourists walk between buildings covered with leaves at the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A building which is covered with leaves is seen through broken windows of an empty house at the abandoned...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A bed and other furniture are left inside a room of a small apartment at the abandoned fishing village...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Children's clothes lie on a sofa in an empty house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Sun Ayue, one of a few remaining residents, stands in his home in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. 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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Sun Ayue, one of very few residents of the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Sun Ayue, one of very few residents of the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A house is covered with vines in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Vegetation grows through an open door of a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
Vegetation grows through an open door of a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Objects lie in an empty house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
Objects lie in an empty house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A tourist looks inside a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
A tourist looks inside a house in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A picture of a Chinese God of Fortune is stuck to a wall in a house in the abandoned fishing village...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
Tourists visit the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island of Shengshan as its former residents,...
HOUTOUWAN, China
Wider Image: Creeping Vines, Abandoned Village
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. REUTER/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A photographer uses a large format camera to take pictures as tourists visit the abandoned fishing village...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A tourist walks between building completely covered with plants in the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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July 29, 2015
A woman takes pictures as morning mist covers the abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan on the island...
HOUTOUWAN, China
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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. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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