After spending the night in Tamsui, we toured the National Palace Museum in Taipei. This massive three story building was a host to treasures collected throughout thousands of years. We surprised our host by spending all day in the museum looking at the artifacts. We spent such a long time perusing everything that our electronic audio guides used up the batteries before we were finished touring!
|National Palace Museum|
|Japanese Style Buddhist Temple|
After a hearty breakfast consisting of an assortment of steamed buns and fruit, we visited National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall to learn a little more about this person of national interest and watch the changing of the guard. The guards were so still that they could have easily been mistaken for wax models. The changing of the guard is an elaborate fanfare of drill soldiers marching and clicking their heels. It was an amazing sight to see them keeping time and wielding their weapons. As the guard changes, the new guard takes his post to stand watch for one hour until he is relieved by another guard.
|Dr. Sun Tat-Sen Memorial Hall Changing Guards|