Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sights of Taiwan

My last post was all about food, but I did do more than just eat during my trip! I managed to have some fun in between keeping track of the students...

My father and I saw the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre perform at the National Theatre...I found the program very modern and unexpected, more like performance art with spoken word than dance.

National Theatre
National Theatre of Taipei

The theatre is part of the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, a huge park in Taipei. We took the students to visit on an afternoon field trip.

Chang Kai Shek Memorial
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

Ching Ming Day was during our trip, so I had a brief respite from the kids. My father and I visited relatives in Taichung, in central Taiwan. My cousin took us to a restaurant where each table was in its own structure, connected by walkways and surrounded by koi ponds. She said the restaurants in Taichung are known more for their decor and ambiance than for their food.

My father and me
Feeding the koi after lunch

We saw many interesting and cute restaurants as we walked along a park near the art museum, where I also spied these stone benches that look like eclairs!

More eclair stone benches
Eclairs dot the park

After returning north to Taipei, I went to see Taipei 101, currently the tallest building in the world. It was a grey foggy day, so I did not go to the top. A student told me each night of the week the building lights up different colors, like a rainbow. So I looked each night, and it does!

Taipei 101
Taipei 101, sans spire

During a break in the rain, we went to Danshui with my aunt. The town runs along the Danshui River, with lots of tasty goodies and big crowds of people. We took the ferry across the river to Bali, where there were many fishing boats.

Fishing boats
Boats along the Danshui River

The sun was setting when we took the ferry back to Danshui.

Dan Shui
The witching hour

The students had a field trip to Yang Ming Shan National Park. Unfortunately it was a windy, rainy day. We saw several calla lily plantations.

Yang Ming Shan National Park
Yang Ming Shan

The children also visited the National Palace Museum and the park next to it. I saw very little of the collection as I was chaperoning students. Next time, perhaps...

The garden outside the Palace Museum
Blue roofed-buildings are the museum

There is so much more to do and see in Taiwan...this visit definitely made me want to go back again. And of course, there's the food!


Anonymous said...

oh my! those Koi are HUGE!

African Kelli said...

what an amazing trip! I can't believe how much you saw. This looks like an incredible adventure.

Joanna said...

Hubby and I just looked over all your flickr photos. Oh man--now I want to go back! I grew up in Taipei. I went to HS in Taichung. We used to teach English in Tan Shui. I'm so jealous of your trip!

Anonymous said...

Hi KTE-pal! What an amazing trip! I have never been near Taiwan. The package to you will be send next week - :-)