We’ve all seen those eerie photos of abandoned villages and cities around the world; Tyneham in Dorset or Agdam in Azerbaijan for example. None however, are as beautifully, verdantly mesmerising as this Chinese village…
This abandoned fishing village has been left beautifully to rest on The Shengsi Islands; a flock of 394 islands located at the mouth of China’s Yangtze River, south east of Shanghai. Amazingly, out of the 394 islands, only 18 of these are habitable. This particular village is located on Shengshan Island, and was once a thriving fishing hub, deserted because of its poor economic and travel links with the mainland, making it tough for local fishermen to sell their catch to the market.
The photos were captured by Shanghai based amateur photographer Qing Jian. The photos show a raw beauty which is hardly ever seen in a modern day and age dominated by perfection and precision. This once thriving village has been deserted for a significant amount of time, and goes to show the true force of mother nature, swallowing all the materials surrounding it, from brick to wood, glass to metal.
The result is stunning, to say the least. Vines have intertwined the buildings and pathways, creating what we like to call the true definition of a concrete jungle. The usually unsightly view of decaying wood is complimentary to the fragility of this village; somewhat symbolic of the life that once lived here. The spectrum of colours is few and far between here, with shades of green dominating most of the village; yet the subtle hues of brick, mortar and wood remind us all of what this village one was.
Chinese architecture resounds around the village; albeit hidden away by the sheer volume of greenery. If you take a deeper look into these photos you can still see what appears to be abandoned temples, and generally beautiful architecture; from carved stone banisters to multi-tier traditional Chinese buildings. The level of detail is synonymous of Chinese design, albeit this one seems to have been hidden away for several decades.