Uncategorized01 Sep 2011 03:31 am

Tour of the MemorialOn our way from Los Angeles, USA to Vientiane, Laos we had a chance to stop in Taipei, Taiwan and visit with Poukhan’s grad school friend Hannah.  Hannah and her husband were kind enough to pick us up at the airport at 6:30 in the morning and drive us to their house where we could shower and eat some delicious Taiwanese food.  After this bit of hospitality they then took us to see the Chiang Kai Shek memorial.  Hannah gave us a short tour of the grounds before bringing us to see the memorial building itself.

Main Memorial Building

 

When we saw how many stairs it took to get to the top we had to step back and take a view of the rest of the scenery (while prepping our airplane sore muscles for a climb).

Hannah and Chiang Kai-shekUpon climbing the stairs we were greeted by the man himself, Chiang Kai Shek, in memorial statue form.

We also stopped to take a quick picture of one of the guards at the memorial, Poukhan guards the Guard who we were told are not even allowed to blink, and to be honest I never once saw them do so.

 

 

Memorial Boulevard last lookAs we returned to the car I snapped one more photo of the incredibly impressive entry gate and then we were back off to the airport to resume our journey, much refreshed and grateful for the hospitality of Hannah.

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