Published by Antonio Tajuelo
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One of the most impressive and beautiful places that you can find in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is Liberty Square. It is an enormous square of more than 240,000 square meters that holds four important buildings:
- Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness
- National Theater
- National Concert Hall
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
This square is the most important point for public meetings and events in the city of Taipei.
In order to get to Liberty Square I took the metro ^^. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is the right station to go out. This metro station is very integrated into the architecture of this place. It doesn't even seem like a metro station from the outside!
Exit number 5 is perfect for visiting Liberty Square and its buildings.
During the day I saw many visitors from Taiwan and other parts of Asia.
Map of the points of interest inside Liberty Square.
Sign showing some prohibitions. I'm very surprised about the "don't fly kites" sign!
The first of the buildings I saw is the National Theater.
The construction of National Theater was completed in 1987, also like National Concert Hall, as they are twin buildings. Its a very beautiful example of Chinese architecture buildings.
On the left, the National Theater. On the right, the National Concert Hall. In the background, far away, you can also see Shin King Life Tower.
View of Liberty Square. One of the most impressive things is that the floor is completely clean, as most of Taiwan ^^.
Photo for memories ^^. We were lucky because of the good weather.
Danbo taking photos to itself in the middle of Liberty Square. From this point you can see the most important buildings. In the background, the Nacional Concert Hall.
Here is Danbo in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
And last, Danbo also took a photo of itself with the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness.
Another more picture for the memories ^^.
The gate of the square is really huge and spectacular. It is 30 meters tall and 80 meters wide.
Detail of the five arcs from the gate.
View of the National Concert Hall.
Around of the main area of the square there are a lot of beautiful gardens and parks.
I found a carp food vending machine next to the pond! :D
Each food pack is NT $10 (which is 0.25€), so I could not resist to buy one ^^.
This is the carp food pack.
Views of the pond and the bridge ^^.
Feeding the carps in the pond!
In Spain almost all carps are dark gray. In Asia, I saw many carps with colored skins, specially red and golden.
In addition to carps, other animals came here for food too ^^.
An aquatic bird that I don't know which species it belongs to >__<.
Pigeon eating carp food.
Detail of the bridge over the pond.
Next, some photos from the visitors and tourists I found at Liberty Square.
The main space of Liberty Square is over 1 kilometer long and at the end you can find the main building, Chiang Kai-shek City Hall.
Chiang Kai-shek is a very important historic character in Taiwan.
For giving you some context, Taiwan is a country that has been founded very recently, during the Twentieth Century. Upon China Civil War, between 1927 and 1950, members of Kuomintang (Nationalist China Party) leaded by Chiang Kai-shek battled against the China Communist Party members. Nationalist Chinese were defeated and they escaped from mainland China to Taiwan island, where they established Taipei as the provisional capital city for Republic of China (they intended to recover the control over mainland China). Meanwhile, Mao Tse-tung established People's Republic of China in mainland China under a communist order.
Even thought it is a little confusing, People's Republic of China is what we know today as China, while Republic of China is what we usually know as Taiwan.
Chiang Kai-shek was the president of Taiwan between 1950 and 1975, when he died and the country started a transition process from a unique party govern into a modern democracy. In 1980, during the fifth anniversary of Kuomintang leader, this great memorial hall was built.
You can visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall between 9 and 18h.
Inside the building there is a huge bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek, next to two big Taiwan flags, guarded by two guards
Detail of the building ceiling.
Tourist taking a photograph of the hall guard.
I hope that you have enjoyed this walk as much as I did!