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Fishing village back to nature

A once-bustling fishing village on Shengshan Island has taken on a green mantle as vines populate the abandoned area.

The island, which is located a few hours east of Hangzhou Bay that borders Shanghai, is one of almost 400 that make up the Shengsi Islands to the east of China's Zhejiang province.

It offers a different side of China when compared to the vibrant metropolitan skyline of Shanghai.

The seaside village has been left uninhabited because it was more economical for the fishermen to move and work on the mainland, where their catch could be transported and sold easily, the Daily Mail reported.

With the houses and outbuildings vacated by the villagers, Mother Nature has slowly moved in, resulting in the stunning landscape of untamed greenery.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2015, with the headline 'Fishing village back to nature'. Print Edition | Subscribe