Who were they? They were Taiwan's presidents. In 1949, Chiang, Kaishek and his troops retreated to Taiwan after losing his war to the communist in China. After he came to Taiwan, he announced martial laws and started his dictatorship. He prosecuted a lot of innocent Taiwanese elites and took their lives away. Until the day he died, he always though about taking back China from the communist. Taiwan was just a temporary place for him and his people to stay. He died in 1975. His body was placed in Cihu for people to pay their respect.
His son, Chiang, Chingkuo, continued his policies; however, Chiang Chingkuo realized that going back to China was impossible due to the China geting stronger, losing the support from the United States government, and the poor relationships with other countries in his life time. He started his Great Ten Projects which was to construct Taiwan infrastructures during the worldwide economic crisis in the 1970's. Because of the correct policies in the 70's, Taiwan economics improved extremely and transformed Taiwan into a industrial country from an agricultural country. He also constructed the most difficult and beautiful highway through the Taroko National Park.
Facing the stronger democracy request from people all around the island, Chiang, Chingkuo understood the changing of the political environment in his later years. He announced that his sons wouldn't take over his throne and also lifted the 38 years long martial laws in 1987. He started appointing Taiwanese for the high level and important government jobs. For example, he appointed Lee Tenghui, a Taiwanese, as his vice president. In 1988, he died and Lee Tenghui became the Taiwan president. Taiwanese elected their first president in 1996 and Taiwan became a real democracy country.
|Taken by Ann|
This place used to be one of Chiang Kaishek's 27 houses. Most of his houses around Taiwan were very simple but the views were excellent with the best of Fengshui being condisdered..
|Taken by Ted|
The character of longevity was placed at the corridor of the mausoleum. It was ironic.
|Lunch at the restaurant|
|Our Lunch location|
|After the meal, we were taken to this place for coffee or tea and desert which were included in the meal. We all had a good conversation and enjoyed the early tea time.|
|The parking lot of the Cihu Mausoleum|
|These figurative sculptures has many different poses and gestures.|
|Again mountains and rivers or lakes were the most important elements for Chiang, Kaishek in choosing his house locations.|
After visiting this place, we headed back to Taipei and stayed at the same hotel. We would freshen up and were ready for Mongolia B.B.Q. at the Genghis Khan BBQ restaurant which opened in 1971 when the American military was stationed in Taiwan.