Houtouwan former fishing village ghosttown0618

Man and nature are often portrayed at odds with each other: As skyscrapers go up, trees come down. But sometimes the world has different plans. After a tiny fishing town in eastern China was abandoned, greenery took over.

Now the hillside town has become a tourist attraction for what appears to be a garden of architectural topiary.

“Giving birth, children going to school, when old people got sick - all we had was that small path. It took too much effort,” a former local resident told the Daily Mail. These days, she returns to the island only as a safety officer.

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