Taken from the archives as I still haven’t been taking new photos lately. Shot this last March while family was in Taiwan visiting Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
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On Double Ten, the day which marks the Republic of China’s independence from the Qing Emporer, huge masses of people flocked to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial to witness a military display celebrating an anniversary of Nationalist rule. While Taiwan itself hasn’t been in its current form for 100 years, it is celebrated much more heavily here here than the mainland, where the date is foreshadowed by the 1949 Civil War.
It was nearly impossible to get a view of the main parade ground with the amount of people. For this reason, I stuck to the sides and got shots as the drill teams and bands came off and marched away. The day was beautiful for photography as it was a bit overcast but rather bright. The white tile ground acted as a huge reflector, which made things easy for me.
Over the weekend, I visited a statue garden located at the mausoleum of the Republic of China’s president during the Civil War and the first president during what many will refer to as the “government in exile.”
For me, this site is proof that Taiwan is autonomous. Military police guard the tomb of Chiang Kai Shek regularly as visitors pay their respects to the site known as Cihu Mausoleum, or 慈湖陵寢.
Part of the property includes a museum and a statue garden including many statues of the same man. Apparently, it was required that all schools in Taiwan have the president’s statue until the DPP, or Democratic Progressive Party, came into power. When this rule was overturned, many statues were sent to this property. It gives the place kind of a surreal feeling. The same man – in many different statues…
This is a series of posts about the New Year’s Eve Concert in Jhubei, which I attended despite the bigger festivities in Taipei due mostly to the fact that Taipei was extremely crowded and the high-speed trains en route were sold out.
There were apparently some pretty famous people at the concert, which took place a few meters away from my apartment. Here are some photos – captioned where necessary. More to come tomorrow and the rest of this week.
To start off is a blue-haired entertainer that I didn’t know the name of – more of an opening act, but pretty entertaining overall.
…he was followed by a drum/lion dance group which was pretty spectacular with the lighting/fog machines. Also, the lion costumes were lighting up – pretty great stuff.
One of the hosts was the woman below, 楊千沛 or Yang Chien Pei. I think she’s a movie star/singer, but I’m not exactly sure… maybe someone can enlighten me :)
Notice the “100″ glasses. The reason behind these is that it is in fact year 100 in Taiwan. The dating system is based on the date of independence for the Republic of China, which while not always based in Taiwan, is 100 years old with the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing Dynasty.