Taipei Highlights, Part 4: Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek Memorials

If you’re not familiar with your modern Chinese history, well, you should be, since the monumental events of the 20th century that transformed China and its 1 billion+ people still resonate with us today in major ways. And that history is also essential for understanding the significance of Taipei’s most significant tourist sites, the memorials for Sun Yat-Sen and Chiang Kai-Shek.

First, let’s visit Dr. Sun:

I love this building’s fusion of modern Western architecture and traditional Chinese architecture. I haven’t seen many examples of this style in my travels in Korea and Japan, so I take note whenever I see them.

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Taipei Highlights, Part 2: Night Markets!

Imagine, if you will, a densely packed outdoor market where you can buy clothes, electronics, accessories…and the craziest fried Chinese food in the world. Like corn dogs stuffed with french fries:

Welcome to a Taipei night market. My pictures won’t be able to capture the energy, the tastes…or the smells…of these vibrant scenes, so do yourself a favor and go to Taipei to see them for yourself.

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Taipei Highlights, Part 1: In and Around the City

I spent the last week of January 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan. Although I’ve spent a lot of time in Seoul, South Korea, only in the last year have I been able to visit other cities in Asia: first, Fukuoka, Japan, and now, Taipei. I’ll resist the natural temptation to compare Taipei to Seoul (short version: Taipei is smaller than Seoul) and will instead let the city stand on its own.

First, here’s a typical Taipei streetscape:

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