Kristian McGuire, M.A. International Affairs 2014
Sigur Center 2013 Chinese Language Fellow,
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
|View from Taipei 101|
frustrated by an exceedingly long line, I eventually made it to the top on my second attempt. The view, although dimmed by cloud cover, was great. Much like my first trip to the top of Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, I felt like a chess piece finally catching a glimpse of the entire chessboard. It was amazing to see how well Taipei has structured itself to fit the contours of its natural environment. Taiwan’s most populous city is situated in an environment that is sort of like a combination of San Francisco and Pittsburgh with hills dotting the outskirts and rivers cutting around the city. The view and the peace of mind I gained from checking a trip to the top of Taipei 101 off my list of things to do made the outing worthwhile.
|National Palace Museum Day|
A similar rule, I believe, also applies to artifacts and museums. The National Palace Museum is situated amidst the lush greenery of Taipei’s northern hills. The building itself is impressive to say the least. With rows and rows of stone steps leading to a magnificent imperial style structure, the museum’s majesty befits its cherished contents. Of course, I didn’t have time to see all of the artifacts on display in the museum. However, those that I did have time to see left me wanting to return to the National Palace Museum the next time I make it to Taipei.
|My Neighborhood at Night 1|
|My Neighborhood at Night 2|
|My Neighborhood at Dusk|
|Quite Possibly the Coolest Catholic Preschool in the World, Yilan City|
|Taipei, A Truly Green City 1|
|Taipei, A Truly Green City 2|
|Taipei, A Truly Green City 3|
|Keelung City Sign|