Your next holiday should be to this ghost town in China

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — Back Bay in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90km off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of tourists on a recent weekend braved muddy footpaths through overgrown lawns to chase foggy photographs and answers to the question:…

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Cape Town: share your tips with GuardianWitness or #GuardianCapeTown

We’re searching for the most interesting insider tips on Cape Town. The best will be published as part of a city guide next week Cape Town and Table Mountain. Photograph: Alamy Guardian Travel is producing a guide to South Africa’s dramatically situated Cape Town – and we need your help to do it. We’d like you to tell us about the best museums and galleries, bars and cafes, the most interesting things to do and the insider tips you’ve picked up by travelling or even living and working in the…

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