Taiwan, Part 16 - Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

July 20, 2011

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Located at the heart of Taipei City, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall) was built to commemorate the former Taiwan President Chiang Kai-Shek. Established in 1980, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall has a total area of 250,000 square meters. Occupying a large area, the memorial hall is coverd with the colours of Taiwanese flag; blue, white and red. The colours of the flag symbolize independece, equality and universal love. Since 2007, it have been noted as a national historical site of Taiwan. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is now a popular landmark of Taipei that attracts large populations of visitors every year.



We were in Taoyuan pushing for time to cover all the itinerary. Therefore we had the opportunity to go for the HSR - High Speed Railway to get into Taipei.


Once we had reached the intersection station, Taipei Main Station, we switch our ride from HSR to MRT. Taiwanese are really discipline. Short lines were drawn on the floor and yet they do know how to queue up. They would let the passenger to exit from the train and get in before the door closes and this was done in a short period of time. No pushing, no punching. Only if we could have this system back home.




Finally we are at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. At the memorial hall square, there are several other building.




Atop of the memorial hall, it was the changing of the guard session. I could not miss it. Therefore, stayed and watch though I am already late for the gathering time. Ok. My bad! But how could you miss it when you have the opportunity to watch it right?














After we had gathered, we departed for our lunch in a nice restaurant. When this pot of food in an urn like pot, we thought this is soup. But instead, it is actually braise chicken and mushroom!


This is quite unique. Sakura glutinous rice with dried shrimp. Look at the amount of shrimp on the rice!! This is delicious and savoury. I had a two servings of this. Anyhow, could not have too much as it is glutinous rice - which I had a little trouble digesting.


As for dessert. This is another unique one. Deep fried popiah roll stuffed with sweet potatoes. Very nice and crispy. And we are served with pau in the shape of peach filled with lotus paste - Sau Pau. It was ok, but I  not too much to shout about as it is like normal lotus paste bun but the filling is quite generous. Anyway, wasn't quite sure if it is lotus paste or mung bean paste. But the Sakura Glutinous Rice with Dried Shrimp is really a new experience.





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