Taipei Grand Hotel

With its palatial facade, this gigantic hotel is one of the tallest Chinese classical buildings, and was once the most recognizable hotels in Taipei, built to play host to foreign dignitaries. Even today, it is not difficult to spot this red giant looming over its surrounding neighbors.


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  1. I love your pictures! How did you get started with photography? Right now we’ve just been using my cell phone camera to point and shoot, but we hope to upgrade to a big boy camera one of these days.

    Any recommendations for a starter camera that won’t break the bank? We’re from the US so I would expect a good one to be in the $1000 range, so $30000 Taiwan. Or is there one for less than that?

    • Thanks! I started off with a Panasonic point and shoot. Those tend to be pretty solid from my experience. You shouldn’t get a DSLR until you’ve tried those out yet. Make sure you get one that allows you to set the ISO, aperture and shutter speed, and hopefully a mid sized sensor. You can get those in the sub $500 range while starting out. From there on, once you’ve hit a plateau, then start looking at a DSLR 🙂 The Panasonic LX7 hits a pretty nice spot in terms of price vs. features in my humble opinion.

      If you however decide to take the plunge with a DSLR, you can’t go wrong with either Canon or Nikon’s entry series. If weight is a concern, Olympus has a nice micro four-thirds system as well. You’ll find quickly that with DSLRs, the bodies only tell half the story. Professional grade lenses can run easily to the tune of US$2000 or more. No point jumping into the fray right at the start.

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