Temporary resting place

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 February, 2007, 12:00am

1959 Then-Taiwanese president Chiang Kai-shek orders the building of a guesthouse set among pavilions and by a lake at Tzuhu, about 90 minutes' drive south of Taipei, because he believes the area resembles his birthplace in Xikou, Zhejiang province .

1975 Chiang is laid to rest at the guesthouse, renamed the Chiang Kai-shek Mausoleum, following his death. His body is placed in a stone coffin without burial in line with the desire expressed in his will that his remains be sent back to the mainland for official entombment.

1988 Chiang Kai-shek's son, then-Taiwanese president Chiang Ching-kuo, dies and is placed in a stone coffin in a mausoleum 2km from his father's, pending formal burial on the mainland. Both mausoleums are protected by military police.

2004 Chiang Fang-liang, widow of Chiang Ching-kuo, agrees to a government plan to bury the two in Taiwan. She dies that year.

2005 The defence ministry proposes burying them at Wuchihshan, a cemetery reserved for top government and military officials. The Chiang family has tentatively agreed to the proposal.