Taipei day the second

Today started similarly to yesterday, delicious breakfast and all.

After breakfast and visiting with Grace's grandparents we went to see the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (on Wikipedia). It's a pretty impressive building located on beautiful grounds. We were also lucky enough to catch the changing of the guards. I took a bunch of pictures, some of which are below. Not pictured is the oppressive heat.

Later that afternoon we went to Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was the tallest from 2004 (taking over from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur) until 2010 (when the Burj Khalifa was completed in Dubai). Unfortunately, a lot of our pictures didn't turn out that well from haziness and the fact that there were taken through glass, but I'll include several below.

One thing really cool about Taipei 101 is the tuned mass damper. It is apparently the largest and heaviest in the world in addition to being one of the few that are open for public viewing. It's truly massive (5.5 m diameter and a mass of  660 metric tons), and, in my opinion, pretty gorgeous. I snapped a few (okay, a ton) of pictures, but I'll try to restrain myself from posting all of them.

There was a massive gift shop we went through while exiting the observation deck of Taipei 101, mostly featuring a ton of really expensive coral (Taiwan is pretty famous for coral).

We met up with a friend of Grace's family to get hot pot for dinner. I'm pretty clueless as to Taipei and its neighborhoods, but it seemed like a really cool area. The food was delicious, though I am unskilled in the arts of hot pot.