This is the National Palace Museum.
When the communists chased Chiang out of the country, Chiang and friends took many of the national art treasures from the mainland. Many of these are housed in this museum. Apparently much of it is now in London and somewhere else I'm not sure where. It was a good thing they took it out however as Mao didn't want a link to the past and destroyed most of what was left behind. In this museum you weren't allowed to take pictures, but there were sections of tools and carvings, such as the bronze section, the jade section, the ivory section. There were many beautiful pieces of art, that must have taken years to create.
Door to the memorial hall.
|Chiang Kai-shek and Soong May-ling. They looked in their pictures like a very elegant couple. We saw a beautiful hotel in Taipei that she had built for visiting dignitaries who came to visit.|
Looking down from the steps at the top of the memorial hall
Our crew, Gr. 7 & 8's. They were a great bunch of kids, and gave us no problems.
|Looking way down!|
It took about 45 s to go from the 5th floor to the 85 floor, and it was very very smooth.
|This is Camp Taiwan , up in the mountains on the north coast of the island, about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Taipei. Walking up the hill out of the camp site. The road was too narrow for the bus, so we took what we could carry and walked out!|
|The kids were expected to help with the serving of the meals. The meals were very good, and good mix of western and oriental.|
|Tie dying t-shirts was one of the camp activities|
|The camp is on a terraced hill side. It was probably an old farm site. Occupational health and safety would have nightmares if they saw the condition of the rock stairs.|
|In the cities most people ride scooters, with whole families all riding at once!! I saw one that had mom, grandma and two kids on one bike, and these are not big powerful bikes.|
|Another fish dinner with the head still attached. Not my favorite!!|
|This jello thingy is made from coffee, and had condensed milk in the center|
|The chicken was served whole and we were given gloves so you could break off what part you wanted. The kids weren't too impressed with that idea, so sent it back and asked that it be cut up. (the head came back though)|
|Pineapple fields and cabbages grown on a farm below the amusement park we visited.|
This resort lake is in the center of the island and is called Sun Moon lake. It was a favorite spot for Chiang and his wife to visit and they went there often.
The darker hotel on the left is the one where Chiang used to stay. The one on the right has an arm on the top you can see that is covered with gold (Apparently to the tune of $10 million.)
These were native singers singing on the way up to the temple shown below. This was on the shore of the lake opposite the hotels.
We then drove high into the mountains where there was a beautiful farm (horses, sheep, etc.) It was very peaceful and reminded one of farms at home. (It even had black flies buzzing around)
This is a river at the southern city of Kaohsiung City, where we spent out last night.
|Taiwan is famous for a pineapple filled small cake. The kids all were buying boxes of this treat to take home. Very interesting country with lots of history, and lots to see and do.|