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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Shengsi Islands are some of the biggest tourist attractions on China’s Yangtze River.

According to American Overlook, thousands are drawn to these 394 tiny islands every year. The warm water and natural reefs that surround Sijiau Island make this a particularly popular tourist spot.

When photographer Zhou Jie recently travelled to the islands, she decided to do something a bit different. Instead of staying in the world famous beaches, Zhou went off the beaten path to explore the island of Gouqi, which was abandoned years ago.

There, on the outskirts of the Hangzhou Bay, Zhou found a small village which is being overtaken by nature.

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Once a prosperous fishing village, it has been left vacant for years. At it’s height, over 100,000 fishermen would come there during the winter, but now it is being overtaken by ivy and plants.

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The village was abandoned after pollution killed off large fish populations in China. Though China’s fishing economy has since recovered, the Hangzhou Bay area never did.

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We’re glad that Zhou was able to document these images, because they’re breathtakingly beautiful!

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