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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Taiwan, China - 3 Days in Taiwan - Day 1 - March 2015

The National Palace Museum
The largest & finest collection of Chinese Art. This museum is awesome, Spectacular pieces of art, the amount of Chinese treasures they have here is well-curated. Gives you an insight to Chinese art and culture.

A view of the countryside from the balcony of the Palace.

Taking a walk to the entrance of the Palace.

 Chinese guardian Lions at the entrance of the Palace.

A treat for history buffs. Well organized sections on different floors. The audio guides were informative and clear.

 It is a bit overwhelming because they have a lot of everything; rooms and rooms of jade figurines, including the Jadeite Cabbage with insects (1644-1911).

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 Same with paintings, calligraphy, vases, and sculptures... they have everything.  So plan for at least half a day's visit.  No pictures allowed inside the building.

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Dr. Sun Yat-sen, National Father of Taiwan in the lobby of the Palace.


National Revolutionary Martyrs Shine

The shrine is gorgeous to look at and is based on a building in the Forbidden City of Beijing.

The shrine was built in honor of the war dead of the Republic of China.

This is by far the best place to see Taiwan's changing of guards, simply because of the expanse of the place.  It takes place every hour so be sure to get there at the right time. (15 minutes before).

The temple and the grounds are beautiful and very well maintained.

 Set against a back drop of hills and greens away from the bustle of the city, it is a peaceful place indeed.

The architecture was interesting.  Nice place to relax and walk around.  Great place for taking pictures.

Grand Hotel
This is a beautiful building. C.C. Yang was the architect of the famous Grand Hotel overlooking the city from a hill above the Keelung River.
A very traditional hotel in Taipei. Red carpet in the lobby is very nice.

A very grand entrance and staircase. Impressive.

Beautiful ceiling.

Stopped for lunch the Buffet spreads are served at the Grand Garden Restaurant, the food was presented wonderfully.

Happy New Year!

Waiting to get the door for you with a wonderful smile. 

Chiang Hai Shek Memorial

This memorial hall was built in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, the first president of the Republic of China. Work on the hall began in 1976, a year after President Chiang passed away.  Designed by C.C. Yang, who was also the architect for The Grand Hotel.

The memorial hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colors in the ROC flag; while the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) adorns the vaulted ceiling.

National Theater and Concert Hall  sits at the entrance to the Memorial.

The museum showcases everything about  President Chiang Kai-Shek, from his personal life to the civil war between his Nationalist government and Mao's communist government in China.

 It also shows all the medals he had received, car he was chauffeured in and clothes he wore during his lifetime. This car traced back to 1972-1975 and it was the final car used by President, Chiang Kai-shek.

The sedan chair used to carry Chiang when he inspected military bases on and around Taiwu Mountain in Kinmen.

Eleanor Roosevelt in front of the White House with Madame Chiang Kai-shek in February 1943.

General MacArthur visited Taiwan on July 20, 1950 after the Korea War began, reaffirming US Military support to Taiwan.

A bronze statue of Chiang looks west symbolically to the Presidential Office Building and mainland China. The front plaza of the hall is also a major venue for democratic assemblies.

Taipei 101
A symbol of modern Taiwan. Nearly 1,500 feet, this skyscraper was once the tallest in the world.

It is amazing to stand under and look up.

The building is mostly filled with overpriced boutiques that are empty of customers. Best to just look at the building from the outside and keep going.

Street view of Taipei City.

I had a wonderful day in Taipei City, Taiwan.

 March 3, 2015

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