Shengsi, an archipelago of almost 400 islands at the mouth of China’s Yangtze river, holds a secret shrouded in time – an abandoned fishing village being reclaimed by nature.

Vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths in an abandoned Chinese fishing village which has been reclaimed by mother nature.Time stands still in this village on Shengshan Island – one of almost 400 that make up the Shengsi Islands to the east of China’s Zhejiang province.What was once a thriving fishing hub has been long deserted and naturally transformed into a green jungle of tangled plants and neglected buildings. These pictures are taken by Shanghai-based amateur photographer, who calls herself Qing Jian during a recent trip to Shengshan.

The island, a few hours east of Hangzhou Bay, is a stark contrast to the vibrant metropolitan skyline of nearby Shanghai – an image conjured up in many westerners’ minds when imagining populous China.Some of the islands at the mouth of the Yangtze river are popular tourist destinations and have been described as a paradise for seafood lover, while others are inhabitable.The stunning scenery on Shengshan Island is the result of the houses and outbuildings being slowly consumed by nature.The seaside village now lies empty because it was more economical for the fishermen to move and work on the mainland where catch could easily be transported and sold.

Gouqi Island belongs to a group of nearly 400 islands known as Shengsi Islands, and form a part of the Zhoushan Archipelago, located outside of Hangzhou Bay.

It is the largest archipelago of China. Traditionally Zhoushan had relied heavily on its primary industry, which is fishing, given Zhoushan is the largest fishery in China.

Nowadays with the development of the secondary and tertiary industries, Zhoushan’s economic base has been largely diversified.

Ship building and repairing, shipping, light industry, tourism and service industry grow to be the major contributors of local economic output.

Consequently, many fishing villages have today become abandoned. Some of the best preserved villages are located in Gouqi Island.

The Shengsi Islands are a popular tourist destination and is still an important fishery area that attracts more than 100,000 fishermen every winter.


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