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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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