|That Funky Monkey, even on three legs he's fast|
My first thought was that I was seeing some actual Taiwanese wildlife. I couldn't believe this monkey was that bold. Unfortunately, so many people had fed this monkey that he was now reduced to hanging out and begging from visitors. he'd long ago quit doing what monkeys do to find food, he now was just bumming scraps of food from the tourists. The absolute highlight of that visit though, was when that monkey went after some kid who was teasing him and chased him around the parking lot a couple of times. That was when I knew that this monkey was a kindred spirit. I wanted to chase that kid around the lot myself.
|The bridge where the monkey lives|
The mausoleum was packed with people, many of them tourists from mainland China. We looked at the statue garden, where statues of Chiang from all over the island were gathered a few years back. It's interesting because there are many statues in the same pose throughout the island. At one point in history these statues were found all over the island, but were removed during Chen Shuibian's Adminsitration and brought to the mausoleum.
|The lake near the mausoleum|
The mausoleum is handicap-accessible they have constructed ramps for wheelchairs to make it easy for visitors to pay their respects. The staff members carry little paddles asking guests to please be quiet as you visit Chiang's resting place. There is an honor guard that is changed every hour.
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