Puli Huaguo Theater 埔里華國戲院

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The historic Huaguo Theater from the streets of Puli.

Huáguó Theater 華國戲院 is one of hundreds of scattered around . Located in , a town of approximately 80,000 in the heart of , this particular theater was likely built in the late 1950s. If this post by Wáng Hénglù 王亨祿 is any guide the single screen theater was operated by a couple with the family name Zhōu 周 and specialized in showing western films before its inevitable demise.

The Geographic Center of Taiwan 台灣地理中心

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The geographic center of Taiwan.

The Geographic Center of Taiwan 台灣地理中心 is a modest roadside attraction at Hǔtóushān 虎頭山 (“Tiger Head Mountain”) in , , on the way to bigger attractions like Qingjing Farm 清境農場. As the name implies, it marks the geographic center of the island of , albeit with a bit of a twist: there are actually two monuments here, one at the base of the mountain and another on the peak at 555 meters above sea level. It’s about a ten minute hike to get to the real center of Taiwan!

The interface between cells of the city

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Lost in a moment somewhere in central Puli.

Last weekend I was wandering around the streets of , a town of approximately 80,000 located in a small basin in central , when I noticed this abscess in the urban landscape. Steel rods extend from a rough concrete wall, the naked interface between cells in the body of the city. It’s nothing I haven’t seen before in other places—but never before have I captured this feature of Taiwanese construction methods quite so well.

A Misty Morning in The Mountains of Puli

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A misty morning in the mountains of Nantou.

I captured this photo at the Yen Family Ranch 顏氏牧場 in one misty morning in late October 2015. I was there for Earthfest Revolutons 地球革命戶外電子音樂祭, an underground music festival put on by some friends of mine, and I wanted to ensure I would have some on-site source material to work with if any of my recordings worked out. Turns out I did get a mix out of the weekend—which you are welcome to listen to on Mixcloud—but I didn’t end up using this particular image so I’m posting it here instead.

Blind lion

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A blindfolded stone lion at a newly renovated temple in Puli.

The City God or Chénghuáng Temple 城隍廟 in has been undergoing a massive reconstruction project this year. The work is nearing completion and all of the gods have been gathered on the ground floor behind towering stone columns still wrapped in plastic from the factory. Immediately outside the temple stone guardian lions have been installed, their eyes blindfolded with red cloth. They will be unwrapped at the opening ceremony and not before.