Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Playing Tourist in Taipei, Part 1 (Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial, Longshan Temple)

This week Floyd and I took a short vacation in Taipei (belatedly celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary).

It was fun traveling there on the High Speed Rail!


Above and below: these were the views from the windows of our room in the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel.

One of the first things we did after we arrived was to visit the famous Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

We were told that the scaffolding across the front had nothing to do with construction but was actually a subtle political statement by a party opposed to the memory of Chiang Kai-Shek and his politics.

This was a sign by the entrance to the museum area inside the Memorial Hall.

A scenic spot for an anniversary picture by a turtle-filled pond in the Memorial complex.

 The next touristy site we visited was Taipei's Longshan Temple.

We were impressed by the colorful, intricately-carved figures on the roofs of the various buildings in the temple complex.

The scenic man-made waterfall below adorns the temple's front courtyard.

Our vacation in Taipei has just begun!  Next up: the Taipei Zoo!

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