different means of transportation
the statue of Chiang Kai Shek at the National Palace Museum
a brave lady negates the traffic. Traffic light are a mere suggestion
the garden of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
the changing of the guards is a spectacular event
a plaquette in the museum reminds of the struggle agains the communists
is the capital of Taiwan
and has about 3 million inhabitants.
Before Chinese immigrands and the Qing dynasty took over the place
was still inhabited by indigenous people called the Ketagalan
When the Quomintang had to retreat from mainland China
1949, they made Taipei the capital of the Republic of China.
From the 1960's the economy grew rapidly, the so-calledTaiwan Miracle
, and Taipei became the centre of one of the Four Asian Tigers
. But with the new prosperity also came massive airpolution.
demonstrations in 1990 resulted in more democracy, and nowadays Taipei is a thriving modern Asian city.
In the 1980ths Taiwan
was a major low cost supplier of electronic component and I visiitedTaipei a couple of times for busines.
In October 1980
there was time to see a bit of the then very poluted city.
a first glimpse from the exit of the airport
main entrance to the National Palace Museum
the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is huge
a small temple