Houcihu

  • 08 July, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

The mountainous area of Taoyuan called Cihu has a long association with Chiang Kai-shek. The late president fell in love with these mountains soon after retreating to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese Civil War. Supposedly, this place bears a striking resemblance to his hometown. After coming to Taiwan, he spent many days at Cihu, and photos and detailed information about his life in his retreat there are on display at Cihu’s visitors' center. What fewer people have seen, though, is Houcihu, or “back Cihu”, a secretive place close by. Inside, offensive military plans were discussed, and preparations were made in case the Cold War turned hot and Taipei fell. Even today, open for the public to explore, the 600-visitor-a-day limit continues to give the place an air of secrecy. Here to open up what secrets we can is Lee Chuang-bin, a veteran tour group leader at the site.