Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ABC Wednesday: H is for Honor Guard


These are honor guards at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the founding father of modern China, in Taipei. It was completed in 1972. I remember taking Grace to this location for photography, she as model, just after we were married. It must be in 1974. We have not been back, even after we came back to live in Taipei, till recently. Our friend asked us to check out a restaurant call "Do It True" that serves Northern Chinese food in the vicinity of the Memorial. At the same time we found a "Cafe de Paris" near by. We have been back to have breakfast or afternoon tea in the cafe and started to revisit the Memorial.


Grace' niece from LA and my father-in-law, who now lives in Hong Kong came to visit us last week. Last Sunday, it was the International Women's Day. Grace has a whole day activity, thus I took the relatives to have a whirlwind tour around Taipei and end up to have lunch at "Do It True". This restaurant has been serving authentic Northern Chinese food for over half century. Even the elder President Bush paid a special visit to the restaurant during his visit to Taipei. Before meal, we had a walk around the Memorial Hall. Grace' father, who is 87 years old, knew the way well and took us staight to see the guard change inside the Hall, where I took the photo.

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18 comments:

uncleawang said...

The guard is in high spirit and look alert at all time.Beautiful scenery & Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day.

Sylvia K said...

Really terrific photos! Love the guards and the lovely scenery! Thanks for sharing!

Tumblewords: said...

Interesting - glad to see this!

Karyn said...

Very interesting "H"! I love the close up of the guards.

photowannabe said...

Great picture of the honor guard. They look very official. Lovely scenery.

J said...

Fascinating. I wish it wasn't so expensive to fly from Beijing to Taipei!

Rinkly Rimes said...

What an interesting account! And the reflections in the helmets are works of art in themselves.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

'Do it true' sound terrific. Thank you for a lovely post!

Take care, Tyra

THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

Ramblings From Spain said...

Oh how I love Asia! Great post and I shall be checking out the rest of your blog too x

magiceye said...

pomp and pageantry is always impressive!

RuneE said...

I must say they do it with style - but than I suppose that otherwise it wouldn't have been an honorary guard?

Janie said...

The guard looks ready to do its thing, and the restaurant and setting is lovely. Thanks for sharing your exotic world.

gone to the dogs said...

It looks so beautiful there. A stark contrast to the ice and snow where I am living. You have a very nice blog.

Dragonstar said...

An amazing place!

Carol said...

Cafe de Paris sounds good to me! The Memorial Hall and its surrounding are very beautiful. I always like the expressions (or rather lack of) on such guards.

kRiZ cPEc said...

thanks for sharing, sometimes I find a shame that the relics of those days are prepared better in Taiwan.

Carolina said...

Very shiny helmets! Interesting post. It's always wonderful to read about life in another country.

floreta said...

this is a really cool shot of the guards! you can see the action too.

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