Gouqi Island, part of the Zhoushan Archipelago in China, was once a flourishing fishing village, but today it stands completely abandoned. Mother Nature has reclaimed what was originally hers–covering everything in vibrant green vines.
When photographer Tang Yuhong recently visited Gouqi Island, he captured the mind-blowing images featured in the slideshow above.
Just taking one glance at these photos is a powerful reminder that, in the end, nature will always win the battle against civilization. It didn’t take very long for the traces of villagers to completely vanish.
If all the people on Earth suddenly disappeared, it looks like the world would fare just fine. It would transform into what it was before humanity came along and destroyed it. It would be completely wild.