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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

 

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

On my June visit to Taipei, I went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Completed in 1980 as a memorial to the former leader of the Republic of China it is still a popular tourist destination. With the change in views of Chiang Kai-shek, feelings and the impressions of the hall have shifted. The open area is now known as Liberty Square and this year the government has announced the Hall will be changed to face “history, recognizing agony, and respecting human rights.”

Artwork at o Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT station

 

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Taipei June 2017

Taipei June 2017

Taipei June 2017

Once again I visited Taipei. This time I stayed near Ximan at a hotel called Cheers Hotel. It is located near Ximan’s market an area with lots of bars, restaurants, and movie theaters around it. The Red House used to be a market built in the Japanese days. Now it is a theater and has a large gay business community around it. I visited the remains of Nishi Honganji. Nishi Honganji used to be the largest Japanese-style Buddhist temple in Taiwan. Then I went to Chang Kai-shek Memorial Hall but that is its own post. Later I went to play darts and got a drink. It turns out that I am still bad at darts.  And by drink, I mean absinthe served in a skull shot glass.

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Taipei May 2017

Taipei May 2017

May trip to Taipei

It seems like an established thing in my life that I go to Taipei once a month. Anyway, I said at a place called Rose Boutique Hotel near Taipei Station. I met up with my friend Jaydenn for dinner. I met Jaydenn when I was in University and if it was not for her I probably would not have thought about going to Taiwan. You can see Jaydenn’s blog here (it is in Chinese but the pictures are cool).

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Taipei April 2017

Taipei April 2017

 

April Trip to Taipei

Saturday

I grabbed a train to Taipei to meet some friends and take in the sites. I stayed at the East Fang Di Hotel in Zhongshan district. It was a beautiful and sunny weekend to travel.

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