|The Historic Sites of Dasi, Taoyuan County
Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government
Date of Announcement: January 13, 2004
Registered Category: Other Historic Sites
Address: 3 Piwei, Fuan Li, Dasi Tel: (03) 3883552
(The Administration Office)
Cihhu was formerly named Piwei and the village used
to call it “the entrance to a cave”
as it is situated at the northern exit of the Baiji
Tunnel. Previously named Nioujiaonanpo the lake
was renamed Cihhu by the late President Jiang, Jieshih
when he came here to carry out an inspection of
the mountain area. The scenery reminded him of his
homeland – Sikou, Fenghua, Jhejiang and therefore
he renamed the lake Cihhu in memory of his mother?s
kindness and love. In 1955, Lin, Benyuan family
provided the land around the lake of 19 hectare
for the purpose of constructing the late President
The late President Jiang himself conceived the idea
of the building, Retired Servicemen Engineering
Agency carried out the construction work, and Cihhu
Guesthouse was completed on June 13, 1959. The late
President Jiang passed away on April 5, 1975, his
coffin was temporarily placed here on the 16th of
the same month and thereafter the guesthouse was
renamed Cihhu Presidential Burial Place. Mr. Jiang,
Jingguo wrote Sad Memories of the Late President
Jiang when he kept a vigil beside the coffin.
The Ministry of Defense set up an administration
office here to undertake the responsibility for
receiving visitors, management and maintenance.
In 1988, Mr. Jiang, Jingguo passed away and his
coffin was temporarily laid in Dasi Presidential
Burial Place, Touliao and therefore the administration
office was transformed into Cihhu-Dasi Presidential
Burial Place Administration Office. An average of
approximately 1 million visitors comes here to pay
his respects to the late president every year.
|Figure: The layout of Cihhu Presidential Burial Place
The well-decorated archway with thick octagonal pillars and patterns symbolizing good luck
The stele with inscription reading “Jiang-jin-zih-yuan-miao-bei”
|The tour of spacious Cihhu Presidential
Burial Place starts from the Information Center
in front of the parking lot, goes along the walking
path, passes through the archway and arrives at
the Cihhu lake. You may see black and white swans
swimming leisurely on the lake and a beautiful landscape
of lakes and mountains. Continue to walk ahead and
turn right to arrive at the stele with inscription
reading Jiang-jin-zih-yuan-miao-bei” and finally
proceed along the steps to enter the hall to pay
respects to the late president.
With mountains at the back and a lake in the front
the building is surrounded with the woods and faces
south. Modeled on the courtyard house with a 口shape,
the single-story building with a red-tile roof is
made of bricks. There are round doors leading to
the side halls on both right and left side of the
building and an air-raid shelter built under the
mountain at the back of the building. Walking into
the hallway, you may find a patio and a veranda
inside the building. There are covered passages
in front of the main hall and in the front and rear
of both wings. Additionally, all rooms have large
window-doors opening to the patio as well as the
opposite space for the sake of excellent natural
light and for convenience of evacuation in case
of an emergency.
The main hall keeps the coffin of the late President
Jiang, Jieshih with the late President Jiang’s
and Mrs. Jiang’s bedroom next to it on the
left. The left wing has a guest-receiving room and
a studio and Mr. Jiang, Jingguo?s bedroom is
on the farther left wing. The room next to the one
keeping the coffin on the right is a medal showroom.
The right wing has Mr. Jiang, Jingguo?s rest
room and a VIP room. On the left of the hallway
is the History Room and on the right is the Administration
Office. Other service spaces such as the kitchen
and storerooms are located behind the right wing.
|Figure: the Architectural Plan
The veranda and large window-door in the right wing
The platform overlooking the entrance hall on the roof thereof
The tablet hung in the hallway with the inscription Cihhu written by the late President Jiang on his birthday in 1962
Patterns symbolizing good luck and longevity on the beam and cyueti of the veranda
The fireplace with a simple form and a marble surface in the late President Jiang’s bedroom.
The post with a lotus head on both side of the stairs.
The exterior of the hall and the patio.
The guards at the entrance give a performance for the visitors when they switch duty every hour.
Take Taoyuan Passenger Bus in Taoyuan or Jhongli
to the last stop, Dasi and then take bus going to
Fusing, Baling or Siayuncun to the Cihhu stop. Regular
buses are scheduled.
Take the 2nd Northern Highway to Dasi exit; take
Tai-4 Route; cross Kanjin Bridge and take Tai-7
Route to arrive at Cihhu.
Open daily from 8 am to 5 pm
April 5 -- Memorial Day of the late President Jiang,
October 31 -- the late President Jiang, Jieshih?s
January 13 -- Memorial Day of Mr. Jiang, Jingguo?s
Supervised by: Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taoyuan County Government
Administered by: Mei Shan Jin Co., Ltd.
Organized by: Graduate School of Architecture and Historic Preservation,
Taipei National University of the Arts
Editor: Hueili Zeng
English Editor: Mingsyue Lai
Calligraphy: Yihong Li
Layout: Huaisyuan Huang
Published in May 2004