Day 2 at Taipei – ZhongZheng District, XiMenDing and Fishermen’s Wharf

Taiwan Fishermen's Wharf

First stop of the day was 中正紀念堂 Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, located in the heart of Taipei City and easily accessible by MRT – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station.

The area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by tourists. The architecture of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is inspired by TianTan (Temple of Heaven) in Beijing. The four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt, built with white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun.

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Next, I proceed to the twin performing arts venues, National Theatre and National Concert Hall at ZhongZheng (中正) District, completed in 1987.  They are the Taiwan’s primary national performance arts venues, standing on the south and north sides of Liberty Square in front of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Outside the venues, there were teenagers practicing hip-hop dance, perhaps preparing for their performance later.

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Heading to the 自由廣場  Liberty Square that serve as a major site for public gatherings in Taipei.  A park surrounds the plaza and a wall surrounds the site. The square sits within sight of the Presidential Office Building.

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The Presidential Office Building is located on Chongqing S. Road, close to Taipei Main Station and Ximending. The building was built during Japanese colonization period. It was the governor’s mansion at that time. During the ending period of World War II, the building was seriously damaged due to bombing. After Taiwan was reclaimed by R.O.C., the building was re-constructed in 1946. The building was re-named as “Jieshou Building” in celebration of the 60th birthday of former president Mr. Chiang Kai-shek. The building has been used as the presidential mansion after the central government of R.O.C. was re-instated in Taiwan.  The main body of the Presidential Office Building is a five-floor structure and the central tower is eleven-floor high. The area is 6,930 square meters.

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Shopping time, walked to 西門町  XiMenDing for shopping and food.

Then to the Red House, directly outside southwest exit of XiMen MRT station, near the XiMenDing shopping area. It was Taiwan’s first modern market as well as a theater during the period of Japanese rule, now an exhibition hall and a small playhouse.  Lots of cute looking stuff to buy.

After shopping and eating, I took the MRT to 淡水 Tamsui, an old port town northwest of Taipei.

 

From Tamsui, we took a ferry to 漁人碼頭  Fishermen’s Wharf.
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The Lovers Bridge at Fishermen’s Wharf.

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Ended the evening watching the beautiful sunset and enjoying the sea breeze at the Fishermen’s Wharf.

 

For more on my trip, check out Taiwan Trip

Thank you for stopping by

Audrey

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Audrey is a lifestyle and travel blogger and a technology marketeer by trade, living in Singapore. She is pursuing a life of simplicity, focusing on experiences - reducing her possessions, staying responsible to the environment and increasing her self-sufficiency. She also enjoys travelling and exploring Singapore to find a new perspective in life.

3 thoughts on “Day 2 at Taipei – ZhongZheng District, XiMenDing and Fishermen’s Wharf

  1. I loved Taiwan. Last time I was there was in 1999 yes too long ago I was in my late twenties!
    I longed to be back and seeing your stories and photos I remember the good old days with my colleagues and friends while living and working there since my early twenties. Will check more of your blog and hope you can do the same thanks! 🙂

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