May 16, 2008, 8:51 AM
Monday August 3rd 2009, Taiwan International Youth Culture and Study Tour participants visited the state of the earth complex, the world's tallest building called
The total cost was about 1.7 billion US dollars. This tower has the world's fastest elevators (double decker), which can get as fast as 63 km / h. The indoor observation deck is on the 89th floor (382m). The total weight of
The Taipei 101 Mall is a 6-story shopping mall inside the building. It takes 39 seconds to reach the 89th floor, meaning it operates at a speed of one kilometre per minute.
The former tallest building was the
Earlier on during the weekend participants visited the headquarters of the famous International Humanitarian Taiwanese NGO, known as Tzu Chi Foundation as well as the Chiang-Kei-Shek Memorial Hall.
At Tzu Chi Foundation, according to officials, the foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen on the impecunious east coast of
According to them, over 42 years the foundation has been contributing to better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. From the first 30 members, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation has grown to over five million members in 45 countries.
Master Cheng Yen firmly believes that suffering in this world is caused not only by material deprivation, but more importantly by spiritual poverty. She feels that the lack of altruistic love for others has been the root of many problems in the world.
Tzu Chi's missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment of the world's third largest marrow donor registry.
It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Through helping those in need, Tzu Chi volunteers take on the path of Bodhisattva practices, the way to Buddha hood.
At the Chiang-Kei-Shek Memorial Hall amazingly, this reporter saw an award presented to the late President of Taiwan Chaing Kei-Shek by the
Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese military and political leader who led the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) for five decades and was head of state of the Chinese nationalist government between 1928 and 1949.
Chiang Kai-shek was born on 31 October 1887 in
In 1928, he led the suppression of the Chinese Communist Party.
In 1946, civil war broke out between the KMT and the Communists. In 1949, the Communists were victorious, establishing the People's Republic of
There Chiang established a government in exile which he led for the next 25 years. This government continued to be recognised by many countries as the legitimate government of