Abandoned Home

When it comes to Urban Exploration, the most interesting finds are the ones where there is a story involved as to how the place ultimately became abandoned. There is usually some historyinvolved that explains what happened or how these places ultimately became abandoned and forgotten by society.

I’ve written in the past about abandoned temples, theatres and hospitals which all had interesting stories to tell with regards to history and their current states of existence. Today’s post however is really just an abandoned house that I’ve found on one of my excursions.

I’m quite sure there is an interesting story to be told here, especially about the family or families who lived in it before they ultimately left it to be reclaimed by nature, but after spending a bit of time searching information online to see if there was anything available, I came up completely empty.

What I can tell you is that this beautiful abandoned three bedroom home is in a great location in Taipei and despite being a bit of a fixer-upper, it would be a great place for a small family to live. The living room comes equipped not only with beautiful windows that allow quite a bit of light during the afternoon but also a fireplace, which is something quite uncommon in Taiwan.

Two of the bedrooms are empty but one of them strangely still has a bed, with blankets that wasn’t moved out when whoever lived there left. The kitchen as well is full of dishes, pots, pans , knives, cutting boards, etc.

Another appealing factor that would make even myself want to move in is that it has not only a front yard but also a back yard. The back yard looked as if there was once a garden and a coop for chickens but it has since grown over and it wasn’t as accessible. I’m also a bit afraid of snakes, so I didn’t bother to attempt walking around the back.

When it comes to urban exploration, its usually best not to give too much information about locations, so I’m just to finish up here and let people enjoy the photos of this historic Taiwanese home.

As always, if you are interested in this kind of thing, one of the best resources on the internet on the subject of urban exploring in Taiwan is my friend Alexander’s blog, so head on over there to check out some of the cool places he’s found during his travels. 

Gallery / Flickr (High Res Photos)

Guyan Waterfall (谷燕瀑布)

A few weeks ago some friends and I planned a swimming excursion to what turned out to be one of the best swimming holes I’ve found so far in Taiwan. The small peaceful lake next to Hsinchu’s Touqian river (頭前溪) with its deep pool and crystal-clear jade coloured water was the perfect solution to the extremely warm September that we’ve had here in Taiwan this year.

Celestial Lake (仙湖), which I blogged about a few weeks ago turned out to be one of my favourite finds of the summer. It is situated in the beautiful Atayal Aboriginal village of Wufeng (五峰) which is an area of Hsinchu that I haven’t spent a lot of time exploring - but have quite a few locations on my list of places to visit.

On my first trip to the lake I decided to make the most of my time and include one of Wufeng’s other tourist locations in my travel itinerary - Guyan Waterfall (谷燕瀑布).

The reason why I decided to make a stop over at the waterfall was actually quite simple - It was just a short hike away from the bridge that connects you to the entrance for the lake so stopping by wouldn’t take a whole lot of time away from swimming.

The path to Guyan Waterfall is clearly marked and it is easy to park a car or a scooter along the road for the five-ten minute hike to the falls. If you don’t feel like taking the hike to the base of the falls however you can still enjoy the beauty of the large falls from the road. I recommend taking the short hike though so that you can get up close and personal to this waterfall.

The falls, which are a short hike up a path marked with hiking flags is easily accessible and if you want to take a dip in the pool below, it is quite easy to do so. The pool however isn’t deep enough for a real swim, but why would you want to have a swim in the frigid mountain water when the beautiful Celestial Lake is so close?

The view of the falls from the base is quite nice and from the top you also get a nice view of the road and river below which make the hike worthwhile.

Don’t be lazy, if you’re in the area just hike up and check it out. Then go for a swim in the lake below.

Map / Location


Getting to the waterfall is quite easy - Just follow County Road #122 (縣道122) from Jhudong (竹東) and when you reach Wufeng Village (五峰鄉) switch to County Road #63 (縣道63) which is also known as Luoping Road (羅平道路) and once you cross over Heping Bridge (和平橋) you have arrived.

I’m including a map above which should help visitors locate the waterfall but you can also check out Follow Xiaofei’s blog post about the same waterfall which offers a much more detailed map and directions on how to get to the waterfall.