This image is a revision of a photograph I captured in what was probably an abandoned restaurant not far from Shifen Waterfall 十分瀑布 in Píngxī 平溪. I ventured out that way sometime in May 2013, maybe a week after moving to Taiwan 台灣 the first time around, having hardly stepped outside of Taipei 台北 at that point.
It was with some sense of surprise that I noticed many abandoned buildings scattered around the small towns that run along the railway line. In between more approved forms of tourism I went to go check out a few of these ruins, among them a building I later dubbed the House of the Green Shoes. The ruin pictured here was less interesting but the crumbling stairway to the rooftop still made for a good photo opportunity. I can say with certainty that I never imagined I would go on to see so many more ruins around Taiwan.