Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Taiwan: Taipei 24 - Taipei Sightseeing: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, National Palace Museum, New Years at 101

The subway and taxis make sightseeing in Taipei super easy. The three main places Lance and I really enjoyed and got great pictures of are:

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial -
This memorial is to commerate the passing of President Chiang Kai Shek. It is made up of gardens & ponds, a gate, National Opera house, National Concert hall and the Memorial Hall.

National Palace Museum -
As quoted from the website: "The National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei is home to one of the foremost collections of Chinese art and objects in the world. The extensive range includes bronzes, jades, ceramics, lacquerware, curios, calligraphy, painting, rare books, ..."

Taipei 101 during New Year's - Taipei 101 during New Year's transformed itself into something as crazy as Times Square in NYC. All stores in the area were open for 24 hrs. The waits for any restaurant for dinner was about 2 hrs. long and all movie tickets were sold out at the theater. The building itself put on a spectacular fireworks show at midnight. Lance and I went out for dinner, but the crowds kept us from staying any longer. Besides, we had the perfect view of the firework display on the patio of my Aunt and Uncle's condo: