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In photos: Abandoned swimming pools

In photos: Abandoned swimming pools

Urban exploration at some of the world’s forsaken swimming pools Of all the derelict places we find, swimming pools have to be one of the most alluring. It’s not always that easy to visualise what an abandoned location would have been like before it became...

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Visiting North Korea in the early 2000s

Visiting North Korea in the early 2000s

What it was like to visit North Korea as a tourist nearly twenty years ago *Note: all the photos in this post are scans of the film originals - hence the terrible quality!* I used to work for a UK-based upmarket tour operator called Bales Worldwide. Sadly, the company...

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Abandoned Taiwan: Yuanlin Hospital (員林醫院)

Abandoned Taiwan: Yuanlin Hospital (員林醫院)

I’m good at finding stuff on the Internet (no comments please!) but I’m often rubbish at locating it on a map. Step up Kirsty; she’s brilliant at it. Apart from knowing which Taiwanese city this abandoned hospital was in, I’d all but given up on finding its exact...

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Street Art in Tainan City, Taiwan

Street Art in Tainan City, Taiwan

Where to Find the Best Street Art in Tainan As a former Qing dynasty capital, Tainan is better known for its ancient temples and fortresses than for its street art. Despite the city seeming an unlikely candidate, Taiwan is a creative place and so I was optimistic that...

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Street Art in Taipei City, Taiwan

Street Art in Taipei City, Taiwan

Where to Find the Best Street Art in Taiwan's Capital We began our Taiwan trip in Kaohsiung in the far south, and then worked our way north, so by the time we’d reached Taipei we were starting to feel a bit worn out. That, combined with the incessant rain which...

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Abandoned Taiwan: Encore Garden in Taichung

Abandoned Taiwan: Encore Garden in Taichung

Urban Exploration at a Forgotten Theme Park in Central Taiwan Encore Garden (雅哥花園) is a now-abandoned theme park on the outskirts of Taichung, the third largest city in Taiwan. It was opened in 1981 and became one of the most popular attractions on the island. Up to a...

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Street Art in Taichung City, Taiwan

Street Art in Taichung City, Taiwan

Where to Find the Best Street Art in Taichung The main reason Taichung City found its way into our travel plans was that we wanted to seek out Encore Gardens, an abandoned theme park, and the Qianyue Building, a derelict apartment block in the centre of town. But...

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Travel Shot | The Sunday Market in Kashgar

Travel Shot | The Sunday Market in Kashgar

Boiled sheep head anyone? Although the Chinese authorities are doing their darnedest to try and destroy Uyghur culture in Kashgar and other parts of Xinjiang, they are certainly not achieving their goal at the once-weekly Sunday Animal Market. The market is still very...

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Cosplay Girls in the Taiwanese city of Tainan

Cosplay Girls in the Taiwanese city of Tainan

Plus, a short history of cosplay and how one of the greatest movies of all time got its name … There’s a blood-red shrine in Tainan dedicated to the great Ming-era general, Koxinga. At weekends it becomes a meeting place for DSLR-wielding photographers. Their subject...

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Fan-Shaped Train Garage in Changhua, Taiwan

Fan-Shaped Train Garage in Changhua, Taiwan

I’m not sure what it is these days, but we seem to spend more and more of our time searching for vintage planes, trains and automobiles (there’s got to be a film in there somewhere!). We’ve seen brightly-coloured Soviet-era locomotives in Belarus, weird and wonderful...

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Things we learned after three weeks travelling around Taiwan

Things we learned after three weeks travelling around Taiwan

The island of Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is one of our happy places. As countries go, it’s pretty much the ideal destination for both of us: it’s small and easy to get around, yet extremely diverse and packed with things to see and do. The people...

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