An Abandoned Firetruck in Old Zuoying

Location: Remains of Zizhu and Chongshi Village (自助新村 崇實新村), Old Zuoying, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I was out on a bike ride today in old Zuoying and decided to check in on the remains of some of the villages that were once there. One of them, Zizhu Village, was famous for being decorated and graffitied by local students. It became a tourist attraction until it was torn down in 2011/12. Neigbouring Chongshi village is also gone. All that remains is the odd house, or wall.

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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.

Second hand bicycle

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.