In September, 2019, I attended SEMICON Taiwan. Most of the trip was busy with SEMICON, but I did find a little time for sightseeing. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't ideal. Below are a few photos from the trip.
The main purpose of the trip was attending SEMICON Taiwan, a major semiconductor industry trade show. Our hotel was across the street from Taipei 101, a famous landmark which for years was the tallest building in the world. (It has since been surpassed.) I had hoped to visit the observation deck twice - once during the day, and once at night, but the weather was not condusive to good photos.
I did get a chance to visit the National Palace Museum, with a permanent collection of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest of its type in the world. Buddhist artwork was common, including a Buddhist trilogy from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Shakyamuni Buddha in gilt bronze, dated 477. Exploring the museum, my smartwatch said I got in over 15,000 steps and 71 flights of stairs. I think it may have been right.
The artwork and detail on these items from centuries ago was amazing. Left to right:
- A Cloisonne kettle from the Ming Dynasty, 1638 - 1644
- An incense burner with pierced holes in underglazed blue from the Ming Dynasty, 1403 - 1424
- A cocoon shaped black pottery jar from the western Han Dynasty, dated between 206 B.C.E and 8 C.E.
- A Hou-lou food container, also from the Han Dynasty. Dated between 206 B.C.E and 220 C.E.
- A Hu wine vessel from the late Western Zhou Dynasty, 9th century B.C.E. to 771 B.C.E.
Of course, jade items were also popular. Left to right:
- For the mathematically oriented, a jade abacus!
- A green jade flower holder in the shape of a fish creature, from the Qing Dynasty, 1736 - 1795.
- Finally, the famous Jadeite Cabbage, the most popular piece in the museum. (19th century.)
After spending quite a bit of time in the museum, I visited the Chiang Kai-shek memorial. Chiang Kai-shek died at age 89, thus there are 89 steps leading up to the memorial. I arrived just in time to watch the changing of the guard.
In the evening, we (colleagues also attending SEMICON) visited the famous night market, but I didn't take many photos. On the way, though, we did stop at the famous Grand Hotel, one of the world's tallest Chinese classical buildings.
Until next year.