Look How Mother Nature Has Swallowed This Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

Houtou Wan Village is located on Gouqi Island and is part of the 394-island Shengsi Islands chain at the mouth of China’s Yangtze River. About 50 years or so ago, it was once a bustling fishing town. But time (and progress) marches on, and the small bay couldn’t handle the demands placed on it by local fisherman. So the population moved elsewhere.

According to My Modern Met, “It’s one of many examples of small villages in China that have become ghost towns due to urbanization, inaccessibility, depletion of resources, and shifts in industry, among other factors.”

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The village is mostly uninhabited now, except for a few older residents who are hanging on to the place where they were born.

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Wouldn’t this be a great location for a fairy tale or fantasy movie?

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It’s hard to take your eyes off this place.

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It’s just so eerily beautiful.


What a magical spot to visit.


Here’s more information on this mysterious village, because after seeing it, how could you not want to know more?

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[h/t: My Modern Met, Mental Floss]