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Sunsets over Kaohsiung

The end of the summer not only brings some well received cooler weather to Kaohsiung, but also some of the most impressive skies.

The sky is full of bold clouds, but the clear air means that the sun can usually be seen all the way to the horizon. It’s still within typhoon season, so on days when there’s a storm brewing the mix of evening light and ominous clouds can make for some overpowering views. Read More

Electrical Repair

Continuing my series on trades here’s an electrical repairman who has been in the business for 30 years. I bumped into this shop while cycling around some back streets. I was actually on my way to somewhere else, but as is the usually case, the best things are found when you are on your way to do something else.

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This sight is quiet common in Kaohsiung – A trades-person busy at work amongst masses of boxes and tools. I always like to stop and have a look.

I asked about what he was repairing and he said “motors”. Judging by the fan blades hanging about the place it must be fan motors. He said had switched to motors after repairing stereo systems for years. Presumably because no one uses stereos any more.

I thanks him for the photos, introduced myself, and then carried on my way.

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The Kaohsiung Skyline on a Cloudy Sunday Morning

Monochrome Sunday

The Kaohsiung skyline on a cloudy Sunday morning. I took the ferry over to Cijin, the island just off the coast. The fishing boat in the photo above zipped past the ferry and beat us to the other side. Read More

Watch Repair

The watch repair shop at Neiwei Flea Market in Kaohsiung. He was so focused on what he was doing, never looking up from the job at hand, that I don’t think he even noticed I was there.

Kaohsiung at Night

There are small lanes and alleys all over Kaohsiung. They run like veins between the main streets, and often you won’t even notice they are there. Traditional indoor markets are hidden from view, embedded in the middle of city blocks.

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Temple Door

Location: 霊興殿十八人公祖, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I found this view inside a temple next to the old British Consulate in Kaohsiung. As soon as I walked into the temple my eyes were drawn to the back corner where this doorway was – A mix of vibrant colours and line of trees leading the eye through the archway.

The temple is very small and otherwise not particularly special. If you do visit, though, the old British Consulate (now a tourist attraction) is next door and there’s also a great view of the harbour from atop the many steps you must climb to get there.

The Old Takao Signal Cabin

Location: Takao Signal Cabin (高雄臨港線鐵路北號誌樓), Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I was quite surprised to find the old signal cabin in the condition it was in. The upstairs was sealed off, but on the ground floor one room was open and a mess inside.

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Alley Cats

Alley Cats

Location: Yancheng Market (lanes/alleys that run parallel to Cisian Road), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I recently bought a second hand bicycle. I can’t believe I’ve been in Taiwan for almost 9 years and only just bought one. It’s probably the thought of riding in the tropical heat that had put me off.

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Exercise was my main reason for buying it, but also for going out on photography “walks”. With a bicycle it’s easy to move quickly, but not lose touch with the city like you do when on a scooter. Bikes are perfect for nipping down alleys and small side streets, and places that you might not be able to go on a scooter.

Scooters are also noisy, and alert people to your presence. Take the alley cats photo, above. If I were on a scooter then the cats would have been easily scared away before I got anywhere near them.

So that’s my plan – cycle to the far corners and otherwise unseen places in Kaohsiung… while getting baked in the tropical sun.