Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

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Chiang Kai-Shek may not enjoy quite the same reputation he had when I first came to Taiwan over twenty years ago, but the memorial hall that was built to commemorate his death still stands in a pristine state with its white marble walls and octagonal glass blue roof standing proudly over the surrounding square and gardens.

You can see a giant statue of the Generalissimo smiling benevolently in traditional Chinese dress by climbing the 89 steps that lead up to the main hall of the building and represent the age that Chiang died at. Guards stand stock-still in front of the great leader and are changed every hour in a ceremony that is well worth watching. Underneath the main hall areĀ a small museum and library that document the life and times of the Generalissimo from a rather interesting historical perspective.

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Outside the hall are a couple of traditional Chinese gardens that are pleasant to stroll around in and towards the main entrance to the park are the National Theater and National Concert Hall.

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The best time to visit the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is early in the morning when people are out dancing and carrying out Wushu exercises. The hall also looks very beautiful at night time when it is bathed in soft golden lighting.

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