Historical Site sights in Taiwan
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Occupying an entire city block, this hall serves as a cultural centre (concerts, performances and special events), a large public park and a museum of the life of the man considered the founder of modern China. A huge statue of Dr Sun sits in a cavernous lobby facing the park to the south. It's guarded by two implacable sentries – watch the changing of the guards (twice a day), an intricate choreography with much spinning of bayoneted rifles and precision stepping. Morning visitors practising taichi on the grounds provide another kind of choreography.
One of Chiang Kai-shek's 15 villas, Yangming Shuwu was the last and the grandest. Its valley setting makes for quite a sight, especially in March when its gardens are in full bloom. It also provides an interesting insight into the life of the president and Madame. Inside the house are several dining rooms, both Chinese and Western, a life-size portrait of Chiang with eyes that seem to follow you around the room, and other memorabilia from the life of Taiwan's last dictator.