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Houtouwan at dusk, December 2018

Houtouwan (Chinese: 后头湾; pinyin: Hòutouwān) is an abandoned fishing village on the northern side of Shengshan Island (Chinese: 嵊山岛; pinyin: Shèngshān dǎo), one of the Shengsi Islands, a chain of 400 islands located 40 miles east of Shanghai, China.[1][2][3]

The village was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen among other residents, but was abandoned in the early 1990s. Today the village is only home to a handful of people, yet is a popular tourist attraction.[4] Reasons for the near total abandonment of the village include problems with education and food delivery. Since its abandonment, greenery has overtaken what was once a bustling village.[5]


  1. ^ "Abandoned Chinese village swallowed by vines".
  2. ^ "The Abandoned Fishing Village of Shengshan Island - Urban Ghosts". Urban Ghosts Media. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  3. ^ 谢梦洁, ed. (26 June 2018). 嵊泗网红景点“绿野仙踪”后头湾村正式对外营业 [Shengsi's Internet-Famous Sightseeing Spot "Green Heaven" Houtouwan Village Officially Opens for Business]. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ Taylor, Alan. "The Abandoned Fishing Village of Houtouwan". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
  5. ^ "Abandoned 'ghost village' in China becomes overgrown". BBC News. Retrieved 8 June 2018.

Coordinates: 30°43′37″N 122°49′12″E / 30.727°N 122.82°E / 30.727; 122.82