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The grounds of Chain Kai Shek

Our ship docked in Keelung, about 10 miles north of the capital city of Taipei. Brian and I jumped on the train to Taipei and spent the day navigating from one end of town to another via the train and our feet. Our favorite part of the MRT in Taipei were the plastic tokens that served as tickets and had some sort of chip or magnet inside that kept track of the fare.

First we went to Chaing Kai Shek Memorial, which was located on beautiful grounds, surrounded by ponds and parks and lovely temples. It was an imposing monument to the long-time leader and uniter of Taiwan.

Next we took the train across Taipei to the Martyrs Memorial.

Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall
This memorial honored all of the men who have fought to preserve Taiwan throughout the ages. Taiwan has a fascinating history and even today is in an ambiguous position in the world. The people of Taiwan generally believe that they are the true China, having fled the communist revolution and opted for democracy. However, the other China disagrees and spends a lot of effort trying to prevent Taiwan from seeking any independece in the world. The memorial detailed this history and was fascinating. The importance of this history was further outlined by the dignified changing of the guard ceremony.

Our next stop was Taipei 101. Each of these Asian cities have been in competition to build the tallest building in the world and for a time, Taipei 101 was it. The building is only 4 years old, so that tells you how fierce the competition has been.

Changing of the guard
The building does have the fastest elevator in the world, reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour...what a rush! It was cloudy at the top, so our photos do not do justice to the Taipei skyline...but it was a great view!

Once back on the boat we discovered that one couple did not arrive on time. As is the practice we left without them. We were all talking about how scary it would be to be left in a country with no passport....they took our passports at the beginning of the cruise and we haven`t seen them since. Luckily Brian and I always carry a photocopy of ours...but still.

We found out this morning that the couple arrived as the boat was leaving the channel and the harbor pilot ferried them to our ship where they were attached to ropes and hoisted on board...I can`t imagine what they will be charged for that operation!

dquinn says:
How scary to miss the ship. You are having such great adventures. I can't wait to see you and hear all about your travels. The puppies are great and so are we!
Posted on: Oct 31, 2007
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The grounds of Chain Kai Shek
The grounds of Chain Kai Shek
Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Changing of the guard
Changing of the guard
Taipei 101
Taipei 101
Taipei
photo by: Deats