Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Taiwan | Cihu Mausoleum

Nestled in a nature park in Taoyuan is the resting place of Taiwan's former leader Chiang Kai-shek.  He was fond of this place  and spent a lot of time here  because it reminded him of his hometown Fenghua. A guesthouse was established which was named Cihu Guesthouse in memory of the president's mother who was benevolent and kind (cihu=benevolent). When the former leader passed away, he was entombed in the guesthouse which is now known as the Cihu Musoleum. 

The entrance to the mausoleum is flanked by two guards. Visitors get to have a glimpse of the president's tomb, however, the taking of photos is not allowed. At certain times of the day, and if you're lucky, you get to witness the changing of the guards just outside of the mausoleum.

The Changing of the Guards

There is so much greenery in the area of the mausoleum. It is likewise close to a big lake. The place exudes a sense of calmness that people in search of some peace and quiet would love this place.

Just near the mausoleum is another park where you'll find statues of Chiang Kai-shek in various forms and sizes. In 2007, there was a campaign to remove any fixture that reminded the people of Taiwan of the dictator that was Chiang Kai-shek. All statues from all over Taiwan, including those found in schools where the former president was somewhat venerated, were removed and transferred to Cihu.

Also near the mausoleum is a museum all about Chiang Kai-shek and the history of Taiwan.

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