Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BREAKING: Stars & Stripes Flys in HSA East Compound

 Who could imagine that the Stars and Stripes would fly high in the old HSA East Compound?

No, it's not the new  American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound.  Good guess though.

Here's the proof, there it is!   A photograph I took on Tuesday, 12 October 2010.   

I believe the building, under construction, is the United States' Hall for floral exhibits, a part of the Taipei Floral Exposition., opening 6  November.

Our exhibition building is located on the corner at the south end of the east side of Chung Shan North Road inside the old HSA grounds.  It would  have been close to the APO, and if you were in Taipei in the mid 1960's close to or on the site of the old Shu Linkou NCO Club, when it was operating out of an old house.  

The building in the right upper side of this photo is the, now restaurant,  a hotel building back in the day, when we pulled out,  that sits on the north east corner of Chung Shan North Road and Min Zu East Road.  

I'll keep an eye on the United States Hall and post a full update when the Floral Exposition is opened to the public in early November.

As a number of you asked, I ventured up to the Keelung River on Chung Shan North Road and attempted to walk down along the river to the area of the old USTDC Headquarters.
The road and sidewalk are closed because the area has been taken by the Floral Exposition. 

Guards have the road and sidewalk barricaded.  I tried to talk my way in.  The guard kept  pointing to a sign which apparently announced closure of the area.

I gave up and attempted to get into the area through the Museum entrance.

You can watch my walk around the area in a video.

It's posted HERE.