Homes, lives disappeared – Xiao Guoqiang, a 50-year-old farmer stands before his sunken village in Jining, Shandong Province on June 26, 2013. Underground mining in this region is devouring 20 million square meters of land a year.
Homes, lives disappeared – Huge cracks appeared on an abandoned elementary school of Xiao Guoqiang's village. In 2005, the local government transferred the entire population of this village of more than 3,000 farmers to a nearby town.
Homes, lives disappeared – Bizarrely, one of the largest sinkholes in the area will actually be transformed into a water theme park next year.
Homes, lives disappeared – Kong Guoqing cleans a fishing net near a sinkhole "lake." Kong's family have been farmers on the rich soil of northern China plain for five generations. He is the first one in the family to start a fishing business.
Homes, lives disappeared – In a village called Xigu, a farmer, who prefers to remain anonymous, told CNN that she fears her land will soon disappear.
Homes, lives disappeared – Many farmers complained about the dangers of working close to massive sinkholes.
Homes, lives disappeared – Filled with water, many sinkholes have been made into resorts for city residents.
Living in China's city of sinkholes – A local farmer turned his house on the edge of a sinkhole into a restaurant that offers fishing and homemade fish dishes.