A 'lost' fishing village on the eastern coast of China has been given a new, beautiful lease of life - it's been reclaimed by nature.

Houtou Wan Village, in the Zhoushan Archipelago, was still occupied and thriving in the Fifties, but due to urbanisation, its population began to leave.

Now, with just a few residents left in the village, nature has started swallow bricks and paths, covering entire buildings with verdant green leaves and twisting brown branches.

The village has now been completely transformed into an almost silent, magical environment, haunting and undisturbed by humanity.

Discover this unique village here and tell us if you would like to visit it.





If you're a secret (or not so secret) Minions fan, this new film by the makers of Despicable Me is worth paying attention to.

Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets has just released its first trailer, giving hilarious insights into what pets really get up to when you're not around.

From a sausage dog getting a tickle from a food mixer to a poodle in a stately home moshing to heavy metal, the trailer offers little vignettes into what our much-loved animal companions are really thinking.

The Secret Life of Pets, which stars Louis C.K and Steve Coogan among others, will be released in cinemas in Summer 2016.

Watch this delightful trailer below and tell us if you'll be going to see it




A Portuguese photographer has decided to focus his latest work on the surprising variety of windows around the globe.

André Vicente Goncalves compiled thousands of pictures of windows in different regions of the world and created a series called Windows of the World.

By grouping individual photos into larger frames, he emphasises the diversity of shapes, colours, and structures that windows come in.

Goncalves says: “I always had a curiosity about windows; like the structure of houses, they change from region to region, and it’s a big evolution from the earliest windows that were only a hole in the wall.”

Discover Windows of the World here and tell us what you think of the project.





ArchDaily has put together a great list of the best architecture and design exhibitions in Europe.

The guide, which covers events during the Summer, takes in shows from as far afield as Finland and Italy, with several taking place in the UK, including the Brutalist Playground in London, Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy of Art, and the Turner Prize Exhibition in Glasgow.

The list also includes the Milan Expo and the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

ArchDaily gave an insight into its choices, writing: 'Intimately linked to the space or place in which they are displayed, the best exhibitions also remind us that the practice of architecture is both a profession and a discipline; a valuable way of understanding the built, and unbuilt, world we live in'.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you’ll be attending.






Unilever has revealed new limited edition jars for its infamous Marmite product, just for this summer.

Playing on the polarised reactions that the spread produces (you either love it or hate it), Marmite has introduced two brand new designs for its iconic jars: 'Summer of Love' and 'Summer of Hate'.

The designs, available from July to September, were inspired by Woodstock and the Summer of Love, reflected in the colourful Sixties-style labels and the retro typography.

This vintage throwback is being used to promote Marmite's 'lighter summery blend', which it describes as a 'slight twist on the traditional recipe'.

Take a closer look at the jar designs here and tell us which one you'll be buying - although be warned, less than a hundred 'Summer of Hate' jars will be made available (one for each day of British Summer).





Google has revealed the most popular YouTube ads that are up for the Cannes Lions 2015.

The Cannes Lions are an annual celebration of creativity, recognising and awarding innovative marketing, advertising, and more during the week-long festival.

The shortlisted ads (launched in the past year) include already iconic videos such as Always' #LikeAGirl campaign, spoofy SuperBowl spots like 'Clash of Clans: Revenge' featuring Liam Neeson, and 'Drogba vs Messi: #EpicFood'.

Take a closer look at the list here and tell us which ones are your favourites.





A French artist has installed giant street portraits in the city of Istanbul, showcasing the characterful features of older Istanbulites.

JR has just finished his latest impressive project, as part of his 'Wrinkles of the City' series, on fifteen buildings throughout the Turkish metropolis.

The artist, who is known for his amazing street portraits across the world, explains "the 'Wrinkles of the City' project paints a picture of the Twentieth Century by exploring the lives of those who witnessed their cities becoming scarred by the course of history, economic growth and sociocultural changes”.

Discover the different 'Wrinkles of the City' installations on this handy map and take a look at JR’s Instagram here.





If you want to test your knowledge of some of the world's most inspirational locations, this quiz is for you.

Creative Bloq and iStock have put together ten striking images with multiple choice answers to help you work out where each stunning picture was taken.

Not only can you test your general knowledge, but the quiz will probably make you want to go on holiday!

Take the quiz here and let us know your score.





Whether you're looking forward to sun, sea, and sand, or are beginning to stress about all the planning that goes into summer holidays, this infographic is for you.

Cleaning service Hassle has put together 21 travel hacks, helping you to be nicely prepared by the time you jet off to sunnier climes.

Tips on destinations, clever packing shortcuts, and insider knowledge on booking and airport procedures all offer invaluable advice to travellers.

Some of our favourites include storing jewellery in a pill container and taking a car park selfie to help you recover your car post-holiday with the minimum of fuss. 

Have a look at the whole infographic here and tell us which tips you'll be using.





Coca-Cola's new ads are bringing an unexpected personal touch to Twitter.

The brand, as part of its ongoing Share a Coke campaign, is now taking over the social network with targeted promoted tweets.

Twitter users will now be able to see Coca-Cola ads in their feed,  encouraging them to buy personalised bottles - even embedding a picture of a Coke bottle with the user's name on it.

This type of personalised advertising isn't new to Coca-Cola, which teamed up with 4oD last summer to market directly to the catch-up service's subscribers.

Find out more about Coca-Cola’s new initiative here and tell us if you think this is a good idea.





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