Houtouwan (Chinese: 后头湾; pinyin: Hòutóuwān) 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 64 kilometres (40 mi) east of Shanghai, China.

The village was established in the 1950s and was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen. By the 1990s, the population began to rapidly decline due to lack of adequate connection to the mainland, education, and job opportunities.[1] By 2002, the village had been completely depopulated.[2] Since its abandonment, the once-bustling village has been overtaken by greenery, and is now a popular tourist attraction.[3]

^ "Abandoned 'ghost village' in China becomes overgrown". BBC News. Retrieved 8 June 2018. ^ Wong, Maggie. "China's forgotten village swallowed by nature". CNN. Retrieved 2023-08-21. ^ Taylor, Alan. "The Abandoned Fishing Village of Houtouwan". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-02-10.
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