A Full Day of Sightseeing in Taipei

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Day 22

I think I mentioned in one of my posts that all of my photos from my trip to Taiwan were not Photoshopped because I couldn’t Photoshop while in Taiwan. But now that I’m back home, I have more time to play around with Photoshop and I thought that it would be interesting to post the before and after photos. Everyone has their own preferences when Photoshopping. I’m no expert, I just like touching buttons here and there. I have no idea what I’m doing but I like the transformation. Only thing is that it takes me forever to retouch photos, so to save time since I have a lot of days to go through, I just did a few photos.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

All the information you need related to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is in their website at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

We took the MRT and got off the exit to CKS Memorial Hall Station and walked a short distance to the memorial hall. There is no entrance fee and if you are sending postcards, they even have a postal office inside. You can enjoy a stroll throughout all the property – highly recommend taking advantage of this beautiful groundsl. All types of people come to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – joggers, young students, elderly taking a stroll, professional photographers bird watching, tourists, etc…! That’s one of the best features of this place. You are not surrounded completely by other tourists (like myself haha) so it feels like you are taking part of everyday life in Taipei.

First, I’ll include the before and after Photoshopped photos. Then, I’ll post the rest.

I recorded a quick minute of the honor guard shift change. The soldiers seem to be on the smaller side, I thought they would be bigger but they have perfect skin!

Honor Guard Changing Shift at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Bitan Scenic Area

After the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, we hopped back on the MRT and headed to the Bitan Scenic Area. You just have to exit at the Xindian Station. You can find out a lot more info about this really picturesque little lake here: Bitan Scenic Area Info. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at one the coffee shops while relaxing and taking in the scenery. Make sure to dress warmly, it gets a bit chilly later in the day.

Back to Kaohsiung

After checking out from our hotel and visiting the Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall and Bitan Scencic Area, we headed back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and hopped back on the MRT to the Taipei Main Station to transfer to the High Speed Rail (HSR) back to Kaohsiung.

Back to Kaohsiung home, sweet home.

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