Picturesque Biertan, one of Transylvania’s seven Saxon Unesco World Heritage villages, feels frozen in time. Horse-drawn carts are still a part of daily life, and local residents gather to trade their wares in a cobbled village square. At the heart of the village, a 15th-Century fortified church towers over the surrounding structures from its hilltop perch.
The village of Houtouwan on the tiny Chinese island of Shengshan truly is a sight to behold. Once an active fishing hub, inhabitants began to abandon their homes during the 1990s, as it became increasingly difficult for local fishermen to compete with the mainland’s thriving industry.