Inside this Taiwan Log

 
Back to Taipei on D-Day
It was a gloomy day when we returned to Taipei on the ballot day.

Heavy traffic and rather polluted surrounding (judged by the number face masks worn by the Taipeians on the streets)

322回到台北
回到台北的那一天,正巧是投票日.

台北的天空看来有点"乌云密布",只察觉戴上口罩是件正常不过的一件事.
 

C.K.S Shilin Residence Park
This was used to be Chiang Kai Shek's residence till his demise in 1975.

Few steps from CKS's mansion, within the park compound, was the residence of his son, Chiang Chin-Kuo (who passed away in 1988).

Unfortunately, both mansions are out of bound and visitors are limited to enjoy the sight and scent of the park.

士林官邸

靠进"忠烈祠"不远的地方是蒋介石生前所住的士林官邸.

自从蒋(即介石和经国)过世后,有关当局就把这个官邸归类为保护区.

可惜,参观者只能在广阔的花园走动,而没法进入蒋介石生前的宿所瞧瞧看.

This former residence of Chiang Kai Shek 蒋公故居 The former residence of Chiang Ching-Kuo 经国先生故居
Visitor could only pose here 没法进屋去,只好在门前留影 A huge garden in the Park 官邸设有花园
Rose Garden 玫瑰园 Madame Chiang Kai Shek's sedan 宋美龄专用轿车
Taipei 101
This is, of course, THE landmark of the capital - probably the only notable achievement under the Chen Shui Bian government.

Was told it was meant to be 101 storey tall, but due to the land condition, it was reduced to 91 storeys, with the observatory area located at 89th storey.

(Picture Right: How about that? I actually "gripped" the 101 with my index and middle fingers?)

台北101

这就是台北市的地标, 也算是陈水扁政府的较象征性的成就.

原本打算来个一百零一层楼,但由于土地质量的关系只能盖到层九十一层,了望台就设在八十九楼.

(左图:我用食和中指征服了101。。哈哈哈)
 

Various Shots on "101" 多角度透视101
好像胖了点 Look a bit plump here.. 摄于台北市政府旁 Took this beside the Taipei Municipal Hall
夜间的101 From the base of 101 - night 白天的101 From the base of 101 - day
客车上看到的101 shot from the coach 我在101门前 at the entrance of 101
国父纪念馆所看到的101 From the ground of the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Inside "101"内部
From the top of the world 站在世界的顶端
"No.1 in the World" view世界一等一 基隆河景View of Keelung River

View of "Taipei Government District"台北市政府区
1
) Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 国父纪念馆
2
)The former site of Sung-shan tobacco factory 松山烟厂旧址
3
)Taipei City Council Building台北市议会

enjoying the bird-eye view The world biggest wind damper
Those gracious "101" Ladies attendants 101淑女接待员

I would say this. It's a pleasant experience to be at the world's tallest building.

Beside those male security guards patrolling the observatory, these girls have somehow "mellowed" down the "tense" atmosphere of the Taipei 101 with their grace and charm.

难得能登上世界上最高的建筑物是个不错的体验。

更要提到一点的是这些淑女接待员的存在很巧妙地淡化了那些阳刚味较重的男性保全人员

不会那么巧吧?燕姿转行?Is that her- Stephanie? 电梯内的解说员 Our introductory host

WuFenPu fashion street
I always believed needs arise from requirement.

And this is my belief on WuFenPu after my not-so-whirlwind stroll around this hotbed of the Taiwanese trendiest.

Although I did not verify with any local, I can sensed this huge fashion street was sprung out to its current size at its own will.

For the fact, I looked back and see those failed ventures at our own backyard (i.e.:Dhoby xchange and "Ladies street" at the basement of the Yangtze Cinema), I would say,"At times, you really force things to suit your needs".

五分埔

我永远相信只要有需求,才有这个必要.

回头看看我们这里搞的什么长江戏院的"女人街"还是多美歌地铁站的"交接点",就该印证我的论点吧?

这就我对五分埔的感想,但本人却不是天生的衣架子,所以要来五分埔这种"所在",除非是衣裳或裤子破了个洞,不让对我来说来看衣服就是浪费时间(歹势:p)

 

   

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
This memorial hall is in honour of the founding father of the Republic of China - Dr Sun Yat-sen.

The huge space in front of the memorial hall, not only has a huge floral display on the field and it's also a popular venue for family outing, kite-flying and some budding performers.

国父纪念馆

我决定自行脱队,搭捷运来到我想看到的景点- 国父纪念馆.

建於上世纪70年代的这座建筑物,里头摆有中华民国国父-孙中山的大型铜像.

铜像稍外左右两旁站有两个侍卫兵站岗.

馆外前有个大花卉让游人赏花,这里也是台北人周末散心,举家出游的好场所.

此外,不时能见到群众放风筝,吹奏乐器甚至还有排舞呢!
 

   

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
For the sake of avoid any confusion, I'll sticked to the old name of this recently-became-controversial venue - Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

Flaked by the almost identical buildings of the National Theater and National Concert Hall, the walkway from the main gate lead visitors to the grand mausoleum of the late President Chiang Kai Shek.

The grandeur of the main hall where the statue of the late strongman is, somehow or rather, diminished by the number of decorative hanging from the roof of the hall (personal opinion).

中正纪念堂

为了不混淆大家,我还是以中正纪念堂来称呼这个受争议的地标.

跟他的恩师相比之下,老再也享受不到左右两旁站有两个侍卫兵站岗的待遇咯.

反观地,本人是觉得一个庄严的场地何地何能成了个庄满吊饰品的地放叻?

最多还是套那句:"公说公有理,婆说婆有理." 到底蒋中正的历史的定位如何,自个儿去判定咯...
 

Inside the Memorial Hall 在大堂内
a shot in front of Chiang Kai Shek 在蒋公铜像留影 The marble inscription below the statue is Chiang's last words 铜像下方为蒋公遗言
Chiang, on the left, with his mentor Dr Sun Yat-sen
孙蒋师徒二人画像
Chiang Kai Shek's sedan 蒋公座车
Revert or Remain or Change?
(a translation of the newspaper clipping on the left)

Given its controversial status, the naming issue of this memorial hall will be one of the many knotty problems the incoming President Ma Yin-jeou have to face, as mentioned the newspaper clipping.

Annette Lu, the outgoing Vice President reminded the president-elect that revert of the former name of the site will "re-open" the "historic wounds"

While Ma replied that the altering of the name of this memorial hall was done in a "hurried" manner thus it's in the eye of the law deemed illegal, however, he highlighted that whether to revert to the former name is not a matter to be decided in a day or two till the public opinion is sought.

Other prominent buildings in Taipei台北市其他地标
Former KMT HQ 原中国国民党中央党部 Jing-Fu Gate 景福门
Presidential Palace 总统府
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