Sunday, January 22, 2017
Keelung and Taipei, Taiwan (Celebrity Millennium)
Today we arrived at the port of Keelung in Taiwan and boarded a bus for the capital city of Taipei, located about half an hour away.
There we visited several key sites, including the fantastic National Palace Museum, home to more than 600,000 artifacts; the Martyr’s Shrine war memorial, where we saw a changing-of-the-guards (a detail of which appears below); and the memorial hall dedicated to Chiang Kai-Shek, who ruled the nationalist Republic of China from 1928 to 1975 (an entrance to which can be seen at right).
We had an excellent lunch at the Grand Hotel, built during the 1960s largely to accommodate American troops on R&R from duty in Vietnam.
Throughout the city we saw people readying themselves for the Chinese New Year, a key holiday in Taiwan, and I purchased a small, hand-carved wooden rooster as a memento of my trip.