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The Foothills of Neishitou Mountain

Location: Foothills of Neishitou Mountain, Fangshan, Pingtung, Taiwan

Sometimes it’s good to get lost for a few hours, which is what I did during this trip to the southern coast of Taiwan.

There’s a place called Magic Cafe on the way to Kenting. It’s just off Highway 1, and the beautiful sea view makes a nice break from driving, but the hilly farmland behind is somewhere you’d usually not look twice at. This time during our visit, though, I decided to take a look over the road and hike some of the hills at the base of the mountain.

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Kaohsiung City Block

Apartment Blocks

There’s something really interesting about these massive blocks of concrete. They’re common place here in Taiwan, so much so that you don’t see them after a while, they hide themselves in plain sight. I think it’s the concentration of lives in such a small area that fascinates me. Everyone in their own world, but occupying the same small area.
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Zhutian Township, Pingtung

Location: Zhutian, Pingtung County, Taiwan

Zhutian, 竹田, literally ‘bamboo field’ is a small town just over the border from Kaohsiung in Pingtung County.

Zhutian is famous for its almost 100 year old train station. The actual station was modernised in 2013 and now uses an overhead railway system, but the old station building still exists, which was the reason for my visit. When I arrived, though, I found that the old station building was in the process of being renovated, and wouldn’t be open until mid-April 2015. A bit of a disappointment, but Zhutian is a beautiful little village, so I spent a few hours photographing the surrounding area.

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Abandoned Taiwan Cement Factory

Abandoned Cement Factory – Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Location: Taiwan Cement, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The Taiwan cement factory sits tucked in against Monkey Mountain, in Kaohsiung’s Gushan District. For years half of the factory was left abandoned and each time I went hiking on the mountain the urban explorer in me was more and more intrigued to take photos there. I finally got around to going there in February 2014 and took this set of photos.

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