Photographer unveils Taiwan ‘favelas’ in stunning photos

Diego Gonzalez, a photographer in Taiwan, realized how Taipei City looks like favelas from above. (Photo courtesy of Diego Gonzalez/Instagram)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Many people believe that Taiwan’s most beautiful features are local people and nature, but what is the ugliest?

A foreigner in Taiwan seemed to have found the answer. He recently decided to photograph Taipei City from above, and later argued that Taipei from above closely resembles favelas in Brazil.

The foreign photographer discovered that when seen from up high, Taipei City closely resembles favelas in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Diego Gonzalez/Instagram)
Favelas in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

As others geared up to defend the city, the avid photographer went on to explain that those who don’t know Taiwan might think it’s a dangerous and extremely poor city.

However, it’s actually “one of the safest places in the world,” he continued, adding that the rich live there as well. 

The photos further show that those who wish to visit Taiwan should not judge it by its cover, and other social media users fervently agreed, with one adding that the ground floors are usually “restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and food stalls,” among other “lively and welcoming social venues.”

Another said the situation goes for a lot of other vibrant cities as the buildings are usually designed to be appreciated from the ground level or within.

Taipei is actually “one of the safest places in the world,” he continued, adding that the rich live there as well.  (Photo courtesy of Diego Gonzalez/Instagram)

Still, some pointed out that the numerous “sheet metal roof sheds” on top of buildings that contribute to the “favela” image are usually illegal, and poor enforcement brought about its prevalence.

Favelas in Brazil. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Many argued that it is a problem deserving more attention, though some saw the lighter side of the situation and said, as long as “the ugly tile, air conditioners, and stained concrete” don’t break off or fall on people’s heads, there’s no need for panic. 

The photographer later revealed to be Diego Gonzalez who often uses drones to capture Taiwan’s most scenic destinations.