there, the two in one shot
As expected, the memorial was chockful of larger than life statues paying homage to the father of Chinese nationalism.
the man himself
Other than that, there were exhibits detailing his life and achievements. But there were other things to look at.
inexplicably, a dance class on the corridors
a bus company having a family day, we surmised
a learning journey - National Education no doubt
obaasan and ojiisan being aired
Indeed, it was a warm day, not sunny by any means but mild enough for being outdoors.
Taiwan's pride and joy - the world's tallest building till Jan 2010
We walked around the building several times, trying to locate an appropriate entrance into the tower. The area smacked of Singapore-style endeavours to jazz up an otherwise "unhappening" area.
hey, there's one of these in Singapore as well
family values, no?
Once we managed to get into the building proper, we realised the shopping options were not for us. There was nothing but designer brands on sale, a fair number of which were available in Singapore. Ho hum.
Of course the whole point of visiting the world's tallest building was the view. We went up to the indoor observation deck on the 89th floor. Too bad the outdoor observation deck on the 91st floor was closed due to the weather.
inside the superfast elevator
From the 89th floor, we could see the urban sprawl that was Taipei.
like toy buildings
hey, look, the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
The price of the ticket came with entry to the gallery where the inner workings of this 21st century skyscraper could be admired.
the mass damper responsible for keeping the building stable in the face of strong winds and earthquakes
Of course, they couldn't leave well enough alone - they had to make a cute marketable character out of the damper.
even the cleaners got some attention from the tourists
The visit to Taipei 101 gave us the opportunity to sample Ju Ru's cuisine though.
surely that should be "Jiu Ru"
pickles and other appetite whetters
dong po rou - lookit at that fat, yum!
dou miao - the only "old" veggie we encountered in Taiwan
not the usual mantou to go with the dong po rou - first time we had them and they were very good!
tang bao aka xiao long bao
It was a good meal, though HM and I agreed that, at more than NT$1400 (SGD$70), it wasn't as good value for money as Shin Yeh, especially when the quality of food was considered.
Belching pork, we went over to the PageOne bookstore where we found a couple of things to buy, including a DVD of Cloud Gate, Taiwan's premier dance company.
After that, a little coffee was in order. We found this twee kafe.
a Viennese cafe
expresso with milk on the side
in one of Taipei 101's atriums
Tumbling out of Taipei 101, we had a look around the rest of the Xinyi shopping district. New York New York was full of cosmetics, and Shin Kong Mitsukoshi was massive (the blocks were labelled A3, A4, A8, A9, A10, A11...)
I found the outside more interesting than the inside...
Tokyo Drift! Not...
look what the poor woman was made to plug
two icons side by side, sort of
There was lots of cute stuff...
there was even a corn patch - weird!
one last look
Thank god there was at least a Hands Tailung, the Taiwan version of Tokyo Hands.
We picked up some odds and ends, including some presents, and headed back to Tango Xinyi which was fortunately a quick 10-minute walk away. But the night was still young and, feeling vaguely dissatisfied with how the day had turned out, we opted to head back out to Shihlin Night Market for some comfort food.