Nature Reclaims Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village

abandoned village main

Photo Credit: Tang Yuhong via Behance

The Shengsi Islands, are home to this abandoned Chinese fishing village that seems to have been swallowed up by the earth. Located about two hours from Shanghai off China’s east coast at the mouth of the Yangtze river, the islands offer a fabulous getaway for locals, providing a reprieve from the bustling city, renowned for countless outstanding seafood eateries as well as its numerous places to hike or soak in the sun and the sand, enjoying clean, warm waters. Few foreigners make it here, which means it also one of those rare, lesser-known destinations ideal for those who like to travel off the beaten path.


Photo Credit:

Though there are 394 islands, just 18 are considered inhabitable. While there are some busy fishing villages and tourist hot spots, nature has taken over the majority of the islands, including this hidden, abandoned village.

abandoned village3

Photo Credit: Tang Yuhong via Behance


Though many people associate China with the highly urbanized and hyper-crowded cities of Shanghai and Beijing, it wasn’t all that long ago that the country was home to thousands of tiny rural villages like these. Many are now being abandoned, so Chinese photographer Tang Yuhong, based in Nanning, decided to take action by capturing these photos, bringing the world into this lost village on Goqui Island. It now blends almost perfectly with the mountains that surround it.


Photo Credit: Tang Yuhong via Behance