A Taipei Summer
by Evelyn Cheng
Journal of my three weeks in Taiwan.
Taipei 101 and Paganini
Once an undesirable area, the Xi-Yi district is now the most metropolitan part of Taipei, containing leading department stores and restaurants. Taipei 101, the world's tallest complete structure, is located in this area. Nearby is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial.
Below: Courtyard between department stores. The department stores in Taiwan are more like five-floor malls.
Below: Inside Taipei 101.
After looking around Taipei 101, my aunt and I took the taxi to the nearby Novel Hall for a concert of four first prize Paganini competition winners from China. Each played a solo violin work with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bin Huang played Saint-Seans' Indtroduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor. Mr. Feng Ning played Sain-Seans Havanaise in E major. Mr. Mengla Huang played Bruch's Scottish Fantasy. Mr. Siqing Lu played Beethoven's Concerto in D major. Huang and Lu both had encore pieces. At the very end, all four violinists came out to play two pieces together with the orchestra. As encore pieces, the names were not announced, but they seemed to be duets or double concertos modified for four players.
Below: Dinner at 11 pm at Eslite. Their warm sandwich is quite good.
Below: Taipei 101 at night. Taiwan makes efforts to be environmentally conscious; the lights shown here are turned off by 11 pm.