Wuchang Uprising (Wikipedia version)cont.
Sun Yat-sen himself had no direct part in the uprising and was traveling
in the United States at the time in an effort to recruit more support from
among overseas Chinese. He found out about the uprising by
reading a newspaper report.
A sense of the Qing dynasty's having lost the mandate of heaven may have
contributed to the revolt. Evidence of the loss of the mandate of heaven,
in China, often constitutes of natural disasters, such as fires and floods.
The Yangtze overflowed its banks in 1911, and the revolting troops were
situated near that river. Such a flood would have had a profound psychological
impact on any government officials, rebels, peasants, and other Chinese in the vicinity,
and the flood was a notable disaster, with 100,000 fatalities.
The Qing government, led by the regent, 2nd Prince Chun, failed to respond
for a crucial few weeks. This gave the revolutionaries time to declare a provisional
government. Other provincial assemblies then joined the revolutionaries.
Within a month, representatives of the seceding provinces had met to
declare a Republic of China. A compromise between the conservative gentry
and the revolutionaries saw Sun Yat-sen chosen as provisional president.
In Taiwan, the date of the uprising, October 10,
is celebrated as a national holiday known as Double Tenth Day.
Night markets located throughout Taipei are safe, brightly lit, and busy affairs selling a wide range of items from local religious symbols to shoes and clothes. These markets usually have small restaurants and street vendors intermingled with the shops. All-in-all a very enjoyable experience.
The train system in Taipei.
The train is the public transport system I used most frequently when I was in Taipei. It is just too convenient for you to travel around, especially for tourist like me, who are first time visiting her.
Easy and useful guides for traveling to the places of interest- All you need to do when you have decided to go to one of those places of interest or shopping mall is, walk to the counter at any of the train station. Request for a train guide booklet, when you reach the destination station, there will be guides and signs for those popular places that you wish to go. So, you will never worry about being lost!
Fare- the ticket prices are quite economical. Day passes are available and its good if you are planning to travel far from the city center or lots of places.
Food- You can have light, delicious and economical food- the sushi store, right at the train station. I used to pack some sushi with fresh juices at the beginning of my trip early each day at those store, as it is quite yummy, and of course convenient!
It's a direct branch from Japan. So I think they can provide authentic Japanese food.
But their salad and soup are someting to be ingored. Their Soup was OK but not satisfiable, their salad was too bad without no nothing special. Their drink was ok at the average level. Curry with french chicken taste. It's chicken is tasty and curry is really Japanese. Personally, I recommand second spicy, which is the for best chioce for non-hot-eater.
A little more than...
Hm, I have been to many Dim Sum restaurant in a few countries, most of which are very nice and delicate. This one is no exception. Their design is quite modern or say more Westernised, unlike tradional Dim Sum restaurant. You can't see waitress pushing a cart asking what customers want. Besides, they have some juice or coffee available, this is also interesting. But, I think it'd be better to buy one in any of bubble-tea shop in Taipei. They also have some South East Asian food, like Singaporean Kew-tiao; and Malay momo-chahca. Their tea is quite good, you can choose to have Chinese tea or Western herbal tea. We had chrysanthemum tea. Their Qaozhou Paper-packed Chicken is their famous dish, personally I recommend. They baked chicken packed in a paper bag. It's neither very salty nor plain, the taste is just perfect. But it's kinda oily for me. And their Yam/Taro Dumpling is also on my recommendation list. They fry it so it's very crispy outside and very soft inside. They taro mixed with pork is just perfect, because it combines two important elements that I love. Their fried noodles is also good. We had veggie one, coz Mom is a vegetarian. Oh, last but not least, Yuntum is nice, too. It's hard to find such a SOUND yuntum now.