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Taiwan Taipei Free and Easy Trip – Day 2

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Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 2

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This is our first morning in Taipei, so excited oh.  It’s already 3rd week of April, but the weather still quite cold here, about 10 ~ 19ºC, so better bring our jacket along.

We claimed the breakfast voucher at the reception counter, the staff here is friendly and helpful.  The Old Field Cafe 老田咖啡厅 is located at the other side of the main road, their freshly ground coffee is very nice oh.

老田咖啡厅

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Breakfast Voucher

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Taipei MRT Map

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CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL 中正紀念堂

Chiang Kai-Sek Memorial Hall

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自由广场


MRT: Take Danshui (Red) Line to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall station exit 5

Open: 9am to 6.30pm daily

Ticket: Free Entrance

After breakfast, we went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, took about 8 minutes walk to reach.  It is the most impressive monument to the great Chinese Hero, Mr. Chiang Kai-shek 蔣介石.

Chiang Kai-Sek Office

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The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall enormous marble edifice towers with blue roof tiles and white walls, over landscaped garden, graceful pavilions and placid ponds.

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White Wall

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This is the last place in Taiwan where the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek is still on display. All his statue was dismantled by Chen Shui-Bian when he was President, to remove any memory or link and contribution of CKS and KMT to Taiwan.  Luckily Ah Bian is no longer President otherwise he might dismantle and flatten the whole place……

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Large Bronze Statue of Chiang Kai-shek.  Every hour there will be changing of Guards Ceremony Performances.

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Beautiful Ceiling

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CHIANG KAI-SHEK MUSEUM

There’s a museum at the ground level documenting Chiang Kai-shek’s life and career and exhibits related to Taiwan’s history and development.

This Car Had Saved Chiang Kai-Shek’s Life by Blocking a Gun Shot. The bullet hole is still there but you will need to find it.

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Another Chiang Kai-Shek Car

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Chiang Kai-Shek Art Gallery

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Post Office Beside the Museum

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Structure

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Scale Model

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View from Memorial Hall to 自由广场

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The National Theater and National Concert Hall are located to either side of the main gate.  World-class concerts and performances are held in these two venues, and open-air performances are often put on in the plaza.

In addition, the lush greenery planted around two sides of the memorial hall makes it a good spot for morning exercise or evening strolls.

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National Theater

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Another Entrance

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Bird in the Garden Eating a Worm.

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Beautiful Landscape

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NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM 国立故宮博物院

MRT: Take Dansuei (Red) Line to Shilin Station士林站 Exit 1
Bus: Red 紅 30, 304, 255, Little 18 or Little 19

Address: 221 Zhishan Road Sec. 2.
Open: 9am – 5pm daily

Tickets: NT$160 for adults, NT$80 for students with ID and groups of 20 or more.

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National Palace Museum

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We took Red 30 bus outside the Shilin Station.  The journey to National Palace Museum is about 20 minutes.   We paid by easy-card, so can’t remember how much was the bus fare.

national palace museum entrance

We bought 2 tickets at counter (at right hand side of entrance) and rented 2 handheld audio exhibit guide (at left hand side of entrance).  We paid NT1,000 as deposit (refundable) for these 2 handheld audio device.

The handheld audio device will act as our personalized guided tour in the museum.  Very easy to operate, just key in the number as stated at window of each collection, it’s will tell you the history in the selected language.

Main Entrance

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Ticket NT160 per person @ S$7.20

There are altogether 3 floors and there are a several exhibition halls in each floor.  Each hall exhibits different artifacts categories such as bronze, painting, jades, ceramics, calligraphy, rare books, documents, curios, pottery and etc.

We were not allowed to take any picture inside the museum, else I’ll definitely show you some of the famous collections.

Famous Collections of the Museum

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen

The National Palace Museum is built in traditional Chinese palace style, roughly 26 hectares in size, is One of the Five best museum in the world.

The Museum holds the World’s Largest Assemblage of Priceless Chinese Art treasures with more than 700k items.

You will only find about 15k pieces on display at one time due to the limited space and the display will be rotated every 3 months.  In other words, it will take you about 12 years to view all the 700k items.

Famous pieces are: Pork Belly JadeJade Cabbage, and passenger boat carved from an olive pit.

National Palace Museum’s Office Block.  No Enterance.

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National Palace Museum – Treasures Island 宝岛

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History : When the Communists were advancing on Beijing in the final years of the Chinese Civil War, the Nationalists Kuo Ming Tang (KMT) grabbed all they could from the Forbidden City and brought it to Taiwan in several ships.  That’s why Taiwan is also known as Treasures Island 宝岛.

Needless to say, the Communists weren’t very happy about this, but this way the treasures were probably saved from destruction in the Cultural Revolution and the museum today has what is quite possibly the best collection of Chinese art in the world.

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TAIPEI 101

MRT: Take Nangang line to Taipei City Hall Station 市政府站 Exit 2 

Bus: Take free shuttle bus (depart every 15 mins) or 15 mins walking distance to Taipei 101
Location: 7 Xinyi Road, Section 5
Ticket: NTD400 to Observatory 觀景台

Taipei 101

Next, we proceed to Taipei101.  Taipei 101 is a 101-floor landmark skyscraper that claimed the title of world’s tallest building when it opened in 2004 (now the tallest skyscraper should be Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE), with 449 meters from ground to roof.

Built to withstand typhoon winds and earthquake tremors, the building incorporates many engineering innovations.  The landmark has won numerous international awards for its innovations.

Observatory Ticket Counter

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Ticket NT400 for Observatory @ S$18.20

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Free Locker for you to Deposit your Stuff

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Long Queue for World 2nd Fast Elevator

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Take only 45 sec to Reach 88 Floor…. Very Fast

The first five floors, with branded stores like Armani, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Sogo, should satisfy any shopping urge.   But too bad, both of us don’t like shopping, so we went to 5th floor observatory counter to buy ticket and queue up to take the world fastest elevator to the observatory deck, its only take 45 seconds, the speed is 1010 m/min.

Taipei 101 Elevator Design, speed at 1010 Meters per Minute

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Beautiful Night View

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Taipei Beautiful Night View

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The Observatory for panoramic 360º view of Taipei is on the 89th floor.  In every direction there is city blocks and avenues winding among concrete-and-glass towers, with verdant hills rising in the distance.  Wisps of cloud float past the windows.  Beware of vertigo oh. :p

91 Floor at 390 meters

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Wind Damper is for balancing and prevent the building from shaking during earthquake and typhoon.  The Wind Damper weight 660 tons is suspended on the 87 floor to 92 floor.

Super Big Wind Damper to Balance & Prevent Shaking during Earthquake or Typhoon.

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Taipei 101 View from Outside Main Entrance

The ideal time to reach the Observatory is at 5pm, so that you are able to snap some nice photo on the scenery view for both day and night time.  It’s getting dark from 6pm onwards.

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XI-MEN DING 西门町

MRT: Take Banqiao line to Ximen Station 西门站 Exit 6

Behind is Xi Meng Ding MRT Station

Ximending has been called the “Harajuku” of Taipei.  It’s the source of Taiwan’s fashion trend, subculture, and Japanese culture.

Ximending is also the main district of Taiwan, with a host of gay clubs and pubs surrounding the area.  This area is the most important consumer district in the Western District of Taipei.

Xi Meng Ding

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西门町

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The well-known Ximending Pedestrian Area was the first pedestrian area built in Taipei and is the largest in Taiwan.   It has over 20 theaters and 6,000 vendors, and is a popular area for small concerts, album launches, and street performances.

Ximending is popular with local students and attracts an average of over 3 million shoppers per month.  It is also home to the Red Envelope Clubs set up in the 1960s.

Big Crowd

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Street Performance

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Famous A Zhong Mi Sua 阿宗麵線

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Long Queue.  People just stand or sit in front of the stall to eat this famous food.

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Colorful Fresh Fruits

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Link: Taiwan (Taipei) Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taiwan (Tao Yuan & TaiChung) Free and Easy Trip Day 2

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 1

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 3

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 4

Link: Taipei Free and Easy Trip Day 5

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  1. Anonymous
    August 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Ah Bian would have sold the CKS memorial hall and build a palace for his family.

  2. Loneranger
    March 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    have u been to the modern toilet restaurant near Ximending?

  1. February 26, 2015 at 4:14 PM

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