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An Early Foray Into the Ruins of Taiwan

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, which turned out to be Longxing Theater 隆興戲院. 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.