The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is the main highlight of the tour, not just a few snapshots with the gigantic bronze statue of Chiang Kai Shek.
The ceremony takes place every hour starting from 9 am, it lasts for about 15 minutes, but the amount of people it could attract is huge, probably about 500 people. As the Memorial Hall attracts thousands of people daily, to get to the front of the hall to witness the ceremony in close-up actions, you need to come much earlier before the ceremony starts.
On my first visit, the hall was closed due to Typhoon, and on my second visit as I do not have much time left for the ceremony, I simply missed it, on my third visit ( 4 months later), the crowd was so huge that I was left at the tail-end of the crowd ( following picture).
This was the fourth time I’m here, I’m determined to catch the full ceremony, so I was here before 9 am, long before the gate was even opened for the public.
Hundreds of tourists, mostly lead by the guides, were already there early morning waiting to pounce into the hall to witness the grand ceremony.
It was chaotic, as there was no queue direction or guide on where to go, so everyone just gathered at the stairs. The security guard there didn’t seems to care.
Just when the crowd get excited and nervous, then something happened……the gate opened, exactly at 9 am sharp!
The Guards were already there on standby there. As soon as the gate was fully opened, we were allowed to rush forward onto the grand hall. It was exciting, felt like in my young days when I went for those superstars!
Even though I was right at the front of the crowd I was a little disappointed as we were barricaded far away from The Guards.
In less than a minute after we went into the Hall, the ceremony started.
The ceremony was great! It was a grand ceremony. I felt excited being closed to the action when The Guards came closed.
The ceremony ended when The Guards marched passed the Hall and into the side exit at the other end of the Hall.
The huge crowd dispersed soon after the ceremony ended…… but wait, that’s not the end of it!
My advised is quickly take a lift down to level one.
At level one, there is a huge exhibition on all things about Chiang Kai Shek, but my apology, for the moment that’s not the priority for taking the lift down.
Go quickly to the front of level one, you should be able to catch close-up actions of The Guards, yes, they are still marching!
No crowd was there, as not many knew about this aftermath, most would have thought that the ceremony ended when The Guards exited the main hall.
Being just steps away from them, I felt that they were marching for my eyes only! Then I noticed that The Guards never blink their eyes, wow, what a tough ceremony!
Let me tell you, it’s great to be so closed to The Guards, with no one there to obstruct you from doing any photography.
The ceremony finally ended when The Guards entered the Honor Guards Standby Room.
With the ceremony fully ended, now, you may choose to go to the exhibition hall or exit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.
At the exit, take great pictures of the Memorial Hall from another angle.
I hope you enjoy the ceremony!