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This Ghost Town Was Swallowed Up by Nature and Now It's an Eerily Beautiful Hiking Destination

Travel + Leisure Logo By Cailey Rizzo of Travel + Leisure | Slide 1 of 9: The village of Houtouwan was established on the Chinese island of Shengshan as a fishing town in the 1950s. It is located in the Shengsi Islands, a collection of about 400 islands located about 40 miles east from Shanghai. Of all the towns on the archipelago, Houtouwan is the only one that has naturally transformed from decay to attraction.

The village of Houtouwan was established on the Chinese island of Shengshan as a fishing town in the 1950s. It is located in the Shengsi Islands, a collection of about 400 islands located about 40 miles east from Shanghai. Of all the towns on the archipelago, Houtouwan is the only one that has naturally transformed from decay to attraction.

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