October 10, 2011 is the 100 Year Anniversary of the Republic of China as a result of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911. While the anniversary has been called "awkward" for China, it is far from it in Taipei, Taiwan where the Republic's independence from Imperialism is celebrated with zest.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that China should "move bravely toward freedom and democracy."
Taiwan's anniversary and Occupy Wall Street have your revolutionary tourist juices flowing? Skip Jackie Chan's new movie about the revolution, 1911 (5% so far on Rottentomatoes) and instead take a look at a bit of Taipei to get into the spirit of things.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, completed in 1980 is a definite stop for the revolutionary tourist visiting Taipei. The memorial is gigantic, impressive and shows the patriotism of the locals.
The Taiwanese have centered their arts around this location with the National Theater and Concert Hall on the same grounds.
Another impressive monument to the revolution and the father of the Republic Of China is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. In both memorial halls, changing of the guards take place every hour on the hour.
Taipei isn't all about monuments and memorials. It is a country filled with people who are very proud and protective of what they have. Their food culture is stellar (though they could stand to abandon shark fin soup), their airport has a Hello Kitty Terminal Gate, and some fantastic scenery outside of Taipei.
Just don't write a bad restaurant review.
Flights to Taipei from the United States usually go for $900 and up. Accommodation, travel and food expenses are cheap in the city, so the majority of cost will go to airfare.
Photo by Chris C. Anderson.
Photo by Chris C. Anderson
The National Theater and Concert Hall (left). Photo by Chris C. Anderson.
Statue of Sun Yat-sen in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Photo by Chris C. Anderson
Soldiers changing of the guard in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Photo by Chris C. Anderson