The Chinese village reclaimed by nature: Remote island homes abandoned 30 years ago are today hidden beneath blanket of foliage
A tiny village on a Chinese island in the pacific ocean, less than three miles wide, has returned to a state of natural wilderness after villagers abandoned their homes and land around 30 years ago.
Houtouwan village, once the richest fishing village in Shengsi island in east China's Zhejiang province was totally abandoned at the beginning of 21st century due mostly due to economic reasons.
Fishermen who once inhabited the village moved away once they discovered it was more lucrative to live and work on the mainland rather than the remote and difficult to access island.
Other villagers began leaving the island for an easier life in the 90s, many wanting a better education for their children or medical treatment.
In the 1980s the village boasted a population of around 3,000 inhabitants, but by 2002 the village was officially depopulated and was merged with a neighbouring village.
Now overrun with wildlife and greenery the mystical island has taken on a fairy-tale feel, attracting adventurous tourists in their thousands.
譯文來源：三泰虎 http://www.fjstf.live/48136.html 譯者：Jessica.Wu
funfzigschilling, battenberg, United States Minor Outlying Islands, 3 days ago
thank god for life after man
sweet_honey, Post-Brexit Britain, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
It's so beautiful in an eerie sort of way.
jc dela rosa, Tx Hill Country, United States, 2 days ago
Good reminder we don't own this planet and when we go nature won't miss us one bit.
Parley, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Given a chance nature will always recover
Free Spirit, Falkirk, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
nature over time will always reclaim
Dicentra, Spectabilis, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
The pure life of wild plants. A quiet alchemy that creates beauty and peace.
Cirrus, UK, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Why not release some endangered species there and let them thrive. A few loose tigers would keep the tourists away.
Wagrant, Manchester, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
It will be good if most towns and cities are swallowed by nature.
C-137, The Citadel of Ricks, United States, 2 days ago
Primarycolours, Click, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Given time and chance the earth heals itself. There are far too many of us on this small planet. We are destroying it like a disease. Spreading and chocking it. I dont see the go nments of countries with huge populations like China, India, Bangladesh caring enough to do anything about it. No matter how many milk bottles I save to recycle ot will not repair the damage caused by those countries.
OpticalIllusion, Himalaya, United States, 2 days ago
Looks like something out of the Miyazaki's movies.. Mesmerizing.
Whyowhyowhy, U.K., United Kingdom, 3 days ago
With their huge population I'd have thought they would need every piece of land available
Rasputins_Liver, Liverville, United States, 2 days ago
Kind of a shame. Was likely a very nice place to live.
Wayne Hisler, Albuquerque NM, United States, 2 days ago
China is awesome. I'd like to visit the wall.
Miss , Somewhere, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Nature always finds a way.....
P202, London, 2 days ago
'Chose to leave' or 'relocated'?
confused-1, Canterbury, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Can I move there?
HereGoes, Palm Springs, United States, 2 days ago
This looks like heaven
PeaceToAllGoodPeople, Hove, 3 days ago
Perfect business opportunity - destination holidays!
W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G., Somewhere in Dystopian Britain, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
ohbigdeal, The Cloud AZ, United States, 2 days ago
wow how beautiful.
Ramsey Brown, Derventio, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Exactly the same happened in central americas with the ancient tribes mayan villages......
Truth Lover, Montclair, United States, 2 days ago
Littlemee, Lancashire, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
I find it looks so scary for some reason.
Lynn, Ocean Springs, United States, 3 days ago
Kind of sad to see a village left in this manner. I assume it was once a thriving community.
Bon, Cape Cod, United States, 2 days ago
SW66Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Looks like my garden!
MegaMediaMeltdown, Sydney, Australia, 2 days ago
Surreal! nature always wins!
Cerise, Nowhere, 2 days ago
What a waste. Nice views!
DigFerkel, Vallejo, United States, 3 days ago
This is what backwards environmental activists call "progress". Bunch of dolts.
NowInRemission, Chorley, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
There appears to be washing hanging in one of the gardens. Maybe one or two residents still live there?