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A Hillside Home in Keelung

Today I noticed this abandoned house without a roof sandwiched between two occupied buildings on the slopes of Zhongshan Village 中山里 in Keelung. This hillside village is a labyrinth of interconnected ramps and staircases reminiscent of Jiǔfèn 九份 without all the tea houses and tourists. In fact, there is hardly any reason for an outsider to wander through—were it not for the presence of Jìngyīn Temple 淨因寺… but that’s a story for another day. Every time I return I feel more confident in calling this place a city of darkness.