North of Kaoshuing is a derelict Sugar Factory that was one of the first built by the Japanese when they took over Taiwan. Situated in a nice part of the city, and has been developed into an recreational park, but in an interesting way: outlying buildings have been converted to galleries, cafes and studios, but there has been no attempt to convert or preserve the main factory complex beyond putting in a few walkways for visitors, so it has become rusted and ramshackle (the old machinery rattles creepily every time there is a breeze). It must be a great site for a film or photography shoot. There were few visitors so it was especially bleak and eerie, though there is an attempt to cheer up part of the site with some comical figures made from recycled machinery.
I have quit my job, said au revoir to my family and friends, taken a deep breath, and set off on the trip of a lifetime: the Trans-Siberian railway.
This blog is a way of keeping myself amused during the long time away and, of course, keeping in touch with aforementioned and much-missed friends and family!... full info