One of the best ways to know the country better is via going for a city tour. This place that we went, Taiwan is rich with history that I am always very interested with, i have always watched the sights from television and how excited i was to set foot on this country. So first thing we did on the first day is to go for city tour, guided by a map.
Our first stop was National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (国立中正纪念堂). It is built in memorial of the late President Chiang Kai Shek, the very first President of Taiwan. Sitting on the both side of CKS Memorial Hall are the National Theatre and National Concert Hall.
Stands in front of the memorial hall is the liberty square, where tourist flock this area and it’s people come here in the morning for tai-chi and student cheerleaders practice their dance routine.
The exterior of CKS Memorial Hall
A large bronze statue of the late President, right in the middle of the main hall
On display are some old photos and paintings of CKS, his collection, belongings and etc.
All the exhibits in the memorial office were moved into CKS Memorial Hall in 1994. It’s furnished with a number of Chinese paintings from the brush of Madam Chiang, gifts presented by the local or foreigners.
Taiwan’s drinks vending machine has too many choices to offer, just like this machine that we found at the outside of CKS Memorial Hall. It has porridge and peanut milk.
Another museum which is located not too far away from CKS Memorial is National History Museum. It seems to be very near on the map, but we almost got lost looking for it. After about half an hour walk, finally we reached our destination but unfortunately Monday is their off day, should have asked the locals before coming here. Waste of energy walking under the hot sun. Summer in Taiwan is really hot and gave us sun burn, but we did not feel the heat even under the blazing sun.
After half day of city tour, it’s time to recharge our battery again. We walked past many shops selling food, really, spoilt for choices. Just like this the most sought after soya bean in Taiwan.
The huge yaw char kwai, do not let the picture fool you, it is very large compared to the one we have here in Malaysia.
We were attracted by this famous beef noodles instead. Possibly because the shop pasted a lot of local artist newspaper article that came to their shop.
The thick and springy hand made noodles. I am too used to Malaysia’s noodles whereby it is accompanied by many other ingredients like meats and vegetables. So this one definitely looks too plain for me. However, it doesn’t means that it’s not good. The stock must have been boiled for many hours, so it is rich with the fragrant of beef.
Chapter 3 will be coming soon with the stories on the wholesale fashion market (Wu Fen Pu) and taipei 101. Stay tuned