Exploring the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and Taipei 101!

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Chinese Language & Taiwanese Culture

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Ting An (Vivian) Yu

The HSSA students had a trip to Taipei—Exploring the Grandeur of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and the Pinnacle Wonders of Taipei 101!

We kicked things off by visiting the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. This place isn’t just home to the famous National Theater and Concert Hall but also the grand and solemn Memorial Hall itself. Imagine a huge white building with a statue of President Chiang Kai-Shek inside, surrounded by an atmosphere that’s as dignified as it is serene.

But don’t let the serious vibes fool you—the students turned it into their own playground of creativity! They posed like the statue, snapping funny photos and group shots that were nothing short of a comedy show. This visit was a perfect blend of learning and laughter, giving them both knowledge and memories to cherish.

And now, for the highlight that had everyone buzzing with excitement—Taipei 101! We hopped on the MRT and headed to Taipei 101. As soon as we stepped out of the station, the students’ jaws dropped at the sight of this towering marvel. Their eyes sparkled with awe and wonder—it was like watching them discover a new world. 

This isn’t just any skyscraper; it’s a masterpiece that fuses Eastern classical culture with a splash of Taiwanese flair. Picture this: a building that looks like a giant bamboo shoot, standing tall and proud, symbolizing unending growth and resilience.

The biggest thrill was the journey to the 89th-floor observation deck. We boarded the ultra-fast elevator, which whisked us from the 5th to the 89th floor in just 37 seconds! Yes, you read that right—37 seconds! They could barely contain their excitement, and the ride itself felt like a mini adventure.

Upon stepping out onto the 89th floor, we were greeted by the delicious aroma of freshly baked egg cakes and the sweet scent of drinks. The whole floor was designed like a magical forest, with photo spots that turned our visit into a fairy tale. They transformed into little explorers, diving into every nook and cranny, uncovering the surprises this enchanting floor had to offer.

They posed for countless adorable photos, each one more charming than the last. The joy on their faces was priceless, and the camera captured every precious moment. It was heartwarming to see them so happy, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

And let’s not forget the shopping spree! They picked out an array of souvenirs, each one more delightful than the last. They can’t wait to share these treasures with you, along with their stories of adventure and fun.

This trip was a whirlwind of excitement, learning, and laughter. It allowed the students to see the world from new heights—literally and figuratively. They explored, learned, and most importantly, had an absolute blast. From the solemn halls of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial to the dizzying heights of Taipei 101, every moment was an opportunity for discovery and joy.