Friday, September 12, 2008

August 4th

Today I went to Taipei. We had to drive for 30 minutes to get there. This pictures was made while we were driving on the highway Here we are still on the highway, but already in Taipei We parked the car and took the MRT (underground) to the Presidential Office Building. The building was completed in 1919 and heavily damaged by Allied forces in 1945. Restoration took several years and became the presidential office in 1950. Nowadays the president still lives here. It's not a bad place to live, is it? We walked a bit further and pasted this building We also passed an old city gate The tall building in the background is the Taipei Main Station building. It was the tallest building in Taipei until the Taipei 101 was completed. Our last stop was the CKS Memorial Hall. It's a place that Andrea visits often . It's a monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of the Republic of China. The monument is surrounded by a park and stands at the east end of Liberty Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall. The area is located within sight of the Presidential Building OfficeThis is the Memorial Hall The main building is white with four sides. The octagonal roof rises 70 meters above the ground and is covered with blue glazed glass tiles. The blue and white colors of the building and the red colour of the flowerbeds echo the colours in the flag of the Republic of China. The octagonal shape picks up the symbolism of the number 8, a number traditionally associated in Asia with abundance and good fortune.Two sets of white stairs, each with 89 steps to represent Chiang's age at the time of his death, ead to the main entrance. The main entrance features a pair of double doors, A large bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek dominates the main hall. Representatives of Taiwan's armed forces used to guard the main hall during its open hours, but not anymore.It was nice to walk around in the surrounding park. There are also 2 large ponds with Koi fish My last stop was the National Theater. They are restorating the building at the moment, but this pictures gives a good impression of its beauty. Opposite the Theater is the Concert Hall. It's exactly the same as the Theater

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