Nature has a habit of reclaiming places devoid of people and Tang Yuhong has captured one of her most pleasant attempts at overtaking an abandoned fishing village. Goqui Island is located in Shengsi, a 400 island archipelago at the mouth of Yangtze river in China. The fishermen have all moved to mainland, and nature is crawling over the houses they left behind. Continue reading »
A local woman enters Preobrazhensky Cathedral in a swirl of freezing mist in the city of Yakutsk, Russia, considered to be the coldest city in the world, January 2014. (Photo by Amos Chapple/REX Features)
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Known as the scarecrow village of Okuharima, Seki district in Yasutomi, Himeji, Hyogo prefecture, the village attracts visitors with humorous scarecrows in work clothes and straw hats, looking just like humans. Continue reading »
Last Friday, in Afghanistan’s mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan, an enormous landslide took place, burying much of a small village, and killing hundreds. Officials say that at least 300 residents of Abi Barik village were killed, but are uncertain about exact numbers, cautioning that the final number could be 500 or more. Rescue teams gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors, focusing energy on helping the hundreds suddenly made homeless. Many of the surviving families have struggled to get aid. Some have gone to nearby villages to stay with relatives or friends, while others have slept in tents provided by aid groups.
An aerial view shows the site of Friday’s landslide that buried Abi Barik village in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, on May 5, 2014. Afghan officials said they plan to build new houses for hundreds of families made homeless by a landslide that entombed a northeastern village and killed at least 300 people, perhaps as many as 2,700. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)
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San Zhi, Taiwan is an abandoned vacation resort on the northern coast of Taiwan. It was built in the early 1980s, but construction of the futuristic resort ceased after a series of fatal accidents.
Even though it never opened as a vacation resort, San Zhi can still be toured. The strange pod-like buildings act as a tourist attraction. The colors of the pod-like buildings depend on their location. The buildings in the west are green, in the east pink, in the south blue, and in the north white. Continue reading »
Located many miles away from famous Spanish destinations, an abandoned village in the country may not be a tourist hotspot. But Esco could be an exception. Esco was once a thriving village in Aragon in northeastern Spain until the construction of Yesa dam across the nearby Aragon river in 1959. The Aragonese community, dating back over 700 years, was forced to abandon the village after their agricultural lands were submerged in water following the construction of the dam, reports Reuters.
Higher demands for irrigation and drinking water have led to discussions over heightening the dam since the 1970s. However, locals in the nearby areas are protesting a proposed enlargement of the barrier, which was inaugurated in 1960 by General Francisco Franco, fearing that what happened to Esco will happen to their villages too.
A sheepdog sits among the ruins of the village of Esco near the Yesa reservoir in Aragon region March 22, 2012. (REUTERS/Vincent West) Continue reading »
The Holi festival of colors is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March) every year.
In addition to celebrating spring, Holi commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is a time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking. During Holi, Hindus attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with colored powders and water, and generally go a bit wild in the streets.
According to one tradition which has its roots in Hindu mythology, men from Lord Krishna’s village of Nandgaon are beaten by the women of Barsana, home of Lord Krishna’s lover Radha. It is said that Lord Krisna’s relatives used to tease Radha and her friends, and were beaten by them in return. Even to this day, marriage between men and women from the two villages are discouraged. (Photography by Kevin Frayer/Associated Press, Reuters) Continue reading »
When it opens this summer a series of cuboid blocks of eight to 12 storeys, clad in prefabricated concrete panels, laid out on a rigid rectangular grid, will become home to 17,000 athletes, and after that transform into 1,400 affordable homes and another 1,400 for profit. Continue reading »
Rising up from the flat plains around it like an enormous, triple-hulled rocket and topped with what can only be described as a giant gold golf ball, Huaxi’s 1,076 ft-tall “New Village in the Sky” officially opened on October 8, making Huaxi, about an hour’s drive from Shanghai, the only rural village in the world with its own skyscraper.
But then Huaxi is no ordinary village — it is an extraordinary example of China’s schizophrenic blend of communism and capitalism: a centrally-planned utopia where collectivism has made everyone not just equal, but rich as well.
The village’s 4.5 billion dollars of assets and investments, which include a one-ton solid-gold water buffalo and two shiny new helicopters, are publicly-owned and each year, one-fifth of the village’s post-tax profits are shared out in an annual bonus.
The “richest village in China” emerged in the 1980’s as a symbol of China’s rural economic growth. (Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images) Continue reading »
A German man from Hamburg, who identifies himself only as Yiorgos, carries wood in the village of Skafi some 500 kms north of Athens, September 27, 2011. Skafi once had a population of about 45 families but today it is populated by Yiorgos alone in the winter and about a dozen elderly Greeks who come in the summer. Greece’s population has shrunk by more than 1 percent over the last 10 years, according to a census carried out earlier this year, thereby bucking the trend of the last few decades. The world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October, according to official U.N. population projections, presenting what the United Nations Population Fund called both a challenge and an opportunity. (REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis) Continue reading »
A construction worker looks at a golden bull weighing one ton with a worth of 300 million yuan ($46.9 million) in the hall of a skyscraper under construction in Huaxi village, the richest village of China, located in East China’s Jiangsu province. The 328-meter-high 74-storey skyscraper cost more than 1.5 billion yuan and is scheduled to go into operation in October, 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the village. It ranks as the 15th tallest skyscraper in the world and the eighth tallest in China. (CFP) Continue reading »
Tian Yunxiu, 67, and his 65-year-old wife named Liu Dezhen, sit beside a buckwheat field in Mawan town of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province with six stools for their six children, who left the village to work. In the process of urbanization, more rural people in China leave villages to work in cities with most working as migrant workers. The statistics of National Bureau of Statistics shows that China already had a total of 230 million migrant workers in 2009. As it is not easy to take families to settle down in cities, the migrant workers from rural areas have to leave their kids, wives and parents in their rural home, which makes the population of some rural areas mainly made up of women, kids and elderly people. A survey conducted by China Agriculture University shows that there are about 87 million people left behind in rural area, comprised of 20 million kids, 20 million elderly people and 47 million women. (Xinhua) Continue reading »
The man on the picture is Kotaku Wamura, who died in 1997 at age 88.
Until March 11, 2011, – he did not live, but it turned out to show the big tsunami a big “fuck”: being from 1945 to 1987 the mayor of the Fudai town, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, he has invested more than $ 30 million in building a protective wall height of 16 meters, which saved the lives of more than 3000 people. Nearby villages have decided that 10 meters is enough, and were washed away into the ocean. Continue reading »
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