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  • Hey guys! I'm at the Taipei Main train station picking up Jenny's parents,

  • and, uh, wow, look at this place! It's huge!

  • (Softly: Woo!)

  • So fancy!

  • [Indistinct Mandarin]

  • Hey guys! So we're on our way to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and, uh, we took the subway

  • and we got off at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station, and this is the exit to the station.

  • Like, it already looks like the hall. It's pretty nuts.

  • So, and we just turned the corner and, like, it's right there. We're just right next to it. It's pretty cool.

  • So, yup. It's just right here. Let me turn around, and we'll see it.

  • WA-BAM! Look at that! Oh man.

  • So cool!

  • Wow! Okay. So apparently, this thing here... is not even the real thing.

  • That's just the National Theatre, or something. The *true* memorial hall is over there.

  • Like, whaaaaaaat?

  • *Laughs* So crazy!

  • So there's the hall... That's the main... the main hall.

  • And then there's this big ol' arch... way... thing.

  • It's just... nuts. This place is so cool.

  • Oh my gosh. Okay, apparently I was wrong.

  • So that thing's the theatre... this is the gate... that is the music hall... Okay?

  • That over there is the real thing. This thing, over there.

  • And, it looks far from here because, uh... Or it looks small from here because the courtyard thing is huge,

  • but that is humongous. Oh my gosh.

  • Are you effing kidding me right now? Look how big this is.

  • Whaaaaaaat?

  • This place is hu-mon-gous. Like, okay, I finally walked all that whole plaza, and

  • this is the memorial hall. Like, huge. Huge!

  • Huuuuge!

  • Ugh, goin' up the steps... You can actually see a pretty good view of the plaza there.

  • Oh boy. Out of breath. *Laughs*

  • (Softly: Ooooh!)

  • (Silently: Cool!)

  • Time to go in!

  • Nice!

  • [Shoes tapping loudly at each step]

  • [Guns clanging at each movement]

  • [Shoes tapping loudly at each step]

  • [Guns clanging at each movement]

  • [Audience begins applauding]

  • Wow! So. Uh, now we're leaving the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. It was pretty awesome.

  • There was that massive statue of Chiang Kai-shek in there, and, uh,

  • we just saw the changing of the guards.

  • So there's always these honor guards that are sort of guarding the statue.

  • There were also some, uh, yesterday, at the, uh... at the, uh, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall,

  • so we got to see, uhm, the changing of the guard there too. So that was pretty cool.

  • Uh, also, uhm, this is the fourth floor.

  • There's also, like, a whole museum and art gallery in there, which is pretty cool.

  • So, yea. It was a lot of fun. Uh. Leaving now.

  • I guess we're going to the first floor to get some food and also go to the gift shop, cuz, you know.

  • Every tourist... Every tourist trap has a gift shop, and we gotta go shopping all the time.

  • But yea, this is pretty awesome, like, I'm super loving this whole thing. So. Yea. It's pretty cool.

  • Also, uh, Chiang Kai-shek, his last name, uh, small tidbit.

  • Uhm, his last name is my last name, uh, even though we're not related at all. But anyway.

  • [Eerie futuristic music] [Announcer speaking in different languages]

  • David: *Fakes vomiting noise*

  • David: Yea it's a glass elevator. Oh my God. My ears are popping.

  • David: It went up to like, 400 something meters per minute.

  • Jenny: How do you ride this every day? David: Seriously. Holy crap that was fast.

  • Hey guys! So, I'm at the top of the observation tower of Taipei 101.

  • So, we took up the, uh, the elevator up to the 89th floor.

  • And... It's actually the fast... world's fastest elevator, which is pretty cool,

  • it's like 1010 meters, uh, per, I don't know, second or something? [Completely wrong]

  • Anyway, it's really fast. Uhm, but yea.

  • So, I'm up on the observation deck, and the visibility is kind of sucky today,

  • cuz it was sort of rainy and cloudy and stuff, but you can kinda still see some stuff here.

  • Ooh! Oooh! Ooooh!

  • So yea, so that's Taipei! *Laughs*

  • Yea, uhm, anyway, this is pretty cool.

  • Uhm, I don't know, it's a little... it's a bunch of shops and stuff. Uh, and a little bit of, like, museumy things.

  • But, yea, I don't know. It's pretty cool to be at the top of what used to be the world's tallest building, for a little while at least.

  • Anyway, uh, yup, I'm going to go catch up with my, uh, family over there, so I'll talk to you guys later!

  • David: Aww look, it's video! Cooooool...

  • Mikey: It's so cool. It's like an animated movie thing of what the view looks like at all times of the day!

  • David: It's only to the east though. Mikey: That's okay, it's still cool.

  • This is the Taipei 101 mascot, baby Damper!

  • [Small mechanical noises]

  • *small laugh*

  • Hey guys! So, there's this outdoor observatory on the 91st floor.

  • And you can't really see anything, but, uh, at least we're here. Heh. So.

  • And that's the very very very top.

  • *Small grunt* There. The very very top of the tower.

  • Hey guys! So, there's this big ball here in the middle. Whoa...

  • And, uh... Wait, Dave, what does... what does the ball do again?

  • David: It prevents the... building from swaying during earthquakes.

  • Mikey: Oh. How does it... how does it do that?

  • David: By centrifugal... I don't know. *Laughs*

  • Mikey: *Laughs* Anyway, yea, it's cool. This ball, like, makes sure that the, the building doesn't sway,

  • based on the, uh... because of earthquakes and stuff.

  • And the little Damper baby guy... Uh, oh, I don't think you can see that, but anyway.

  • The little... The little Damper baby guys are modeled after that big ball. So that's pretty cool!

  • Look! That's how the damper was swaying during the typhoon!

  • Oh here we go, here's a close up!

  • That's... that's the little baby damper, and this is the big damper! *Laughs*

  • Whoa... Cool.

Hey guys! I'm at the Taipei Main train station picking up Jenny's parents,

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Taiwan 2014: Day 12 - Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall And Taipei 101 Revisited

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    阿多賓 posted on 2014/06/29
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