In December 1949, Chiang Kai-shek arrived in Taiwan and would never return to mainland China again. By then Taiwan was nothing more than a foreign island to Chiang. From his first residence at Grass Mountain Chateau, he began establishing his guesthouses for inspection tours and vacation around the island and became increasingly acquainted with the landscape, Chiang started to look for scenery reminiscent of his hometown in China - Xihou, Fenghua..
Chiang established a total of 27 guesthouses. Once forbidden to the general public, each was unique in its own - a labyrinth of corridors served to place key personnel in different strategic areas; an underground tunnel was built for military vehicle deployment; a bunker was fitted with a lead-filled door to provide safe haven in a nuclear attack. In his island resort, a system of tunnels linked beachheads together creating a virtual underground military command centre.
Every nuance of indoor and outdoor design reflected Chiang’s state of mind in Taiwan, and how he lived his day-to-day life with his wife, Mei-ling Soong. Through interviews of Chiang’s bodyguards, guesthouse caretakers, historians, Chiang’s descendents, and valuable footage and pictures, Phoenix TV opened the window into history, transported audience back to Chiang’s era and caught a glimpse of the man who once was the centre of modern Chinese history.