The Secrets That Everyone Knows
The Presidential Suite of Grand Hotel Taipei overlooks the city, panoramic views that include Songshan Airport and Taipei 101 can be admired. The inside of the room is equally picturesque; magnificent works by artistic prodigies such as Daqian Zhang, Bonian Ren, and Junbi Huang decorate the walls, some of which were handpicked by former first lady of Taiwan Madame Soong May-ling herself. In one corner, a small wooden jewelry-box with copper locks that once belonged to Madame Soong May-ling sits proudly on a dresser.
Sadly the Presidential Suite is currently not open for the publics, but visitors can still see another “presidential feature,” the super secret escape tunnels. During the years that former presidents Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo were in office, banquets in honor of state guests were often hosted in Grand Hotel Taipei. To ensure the safety of the participants, 180m long tunnels with bomb-shelter features were constructed. Luckily, these tunnels were never used, and now, visitors can ask for a tour of the western tunnels if they call for a reservation beforehand.
Red Bean Rice Cake: This dish is famous for being Madame Soong May-ling’s favorite dessert. It is said that even after her retirement, she still always kept some red bean rice cake in the fridge of her U.S home. Steamed sticky-rice offers a unique aroma and delicate soft texture, while the red bean has a profound taste and just the right amount of sweetness.