Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei. Building began in 1976 to create this memorial to the first President of the Republic of China. A bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek is found inside the hall with the emblem of the Chinese Nationalist Party placed in the ceiling overhead. The statue symbolically faces west toward mainland China. Along with the National Theatre and National Concert hall, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall make up the prominent buildings within Memorial Hall Square or “Liberty Square” as it was renamed after much controversy in 2007.
Liberty Square is now a meeting place for cultural events, holiday celebrations, and the occasional protest. It’s a bustling place to be (especially on weekends). Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to wander around the grounds as there are ponds, bridges, and beautifully carved marble throughout. Sunset provides a useful backdrop for pictures of the hall and entry archway and every hour you can witness the changing of the guards ceremony in front of the memorial hall.
Jackson Square is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans and extends for one city block. It’s home to an artist colony that both creates and sells their work along the iron fence separating the park from the pedestrian mall. On most days, you can also find musicians playing in the same area. It’s a great place to people watch and you’re bound to get a few creative portraits.
The mansion is located in the Banqiao District of New Taipei City, Taiwan. The oldest portion of the complex was built in 1847 and subsequent buildings were added in the years following. The complex now includes 6 halls, a library, a study, small ponds, and multiple entrances and bridges. In my experience, there are so many beautiful intricacies to the architecture, you could easily spend hours wandering around taking pictures.
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The Lin Family Mansion
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Located next to the Tamsui River in Taipei, Dadaocheng Wharf is a popular place for outdoor activities. Bike rentals are available near the main entrance and a bike path runs along either side of the river.
It’s a hot spot for photographers with a great vantage point for the incoming planes to Taipei Songshan Airport or sunset photos over the river. Once the sun goes down, the wharf also provides a useful point of view if you’re interested in the colorfully illuminated bridges nearby.