Thursday, October 9, 2008

Look around Taipei and metro ride

First day in Taipei is for a bit of history. So, I started with visit to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. It’s a mausoleum for previous Taiwan leader. A really vast space in the middle of city. I have not been to such places before, so scale of it surprised me. I am not interesed in politics, but I recommend to see once in Taipei. Inside of big white house is a museum. It appears they change topic time to time. This time theme was mammoths.

Image: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, front view

Image: mammoth inside Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Taipei traffic seems very chaotic. There are also so many mopeds, which are coming out of every street corner. In the morning, saw small and painful accident between two mopeds in the same place I am filming traffic. Luckily both persons were ok and after small chat later saw them continuing their rides. What I notice that moped riders are "early starters". That means they will start to move some second before red light turns into green. Confusing at the beginning, but can get used to it.

In the video, you can see look from bus perspective on Taipei traffic.

Video: around Taipei

Next to another Taipei "must see" - National Palace Museum. It was not allowed to take pictures inside, so I am showing only outside look. What I enjoyed the most was old Chinese calligraphy and old paintings. It gave small impression what life was in China centuries ago.

National Palace Museum as seen from nearby park
Image: National Palace Museum as it is seen from nearby park

It’s easy to move around Taipei with metro – Taipei MRT. I liked system with magnetic chips. These chips are reusable and therefore friendly to environment. They can not be damaged so easy in pocket as tickets. Can more cities in the world follow this example of Taipei metro ?

Video: taking Taipei metro

Next is world famous Taipei 101 and Taipei temples.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall from the sky. This place is so huge that no need to zoom really.

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