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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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Minxiong Haunted House

Location: Minxiong Haunted House (民雄鬼屋), Chiayi County, Taiwan

North of Chiayi city, in a small town called Minxiong, there’s an old abandoned mansion that’s well known in the area as a haunted house. The house, also known as the Liu Family Mansion, has been empty since the Japanese occupation of Taiwan and is now slowly being reclaimed by the jungle.

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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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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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