The story goes that, having spent all his money on 11 failed revolutions and unable to raise more funds, Sun Yat-sen was washing dishes in a Hawaian restaurant. Suddenly, one co-worker in the kitchen said to him: 'You can put down the dishes now, your revolution has won. You can go home and be president.' Apocryphal or not, the story is true to the extent that Sun was out of the country during the Wuchang uprising of 1911. He returned to become president but remained in the post for only three months. It is told by those who want to stress Sun's weakness and failure: without his own army, he was never able to consolidate power and died in 1925, the country still weak and divided among rival warlords and warring political parties. His early death is one reason why both Nationalists and Communists can revere him. Sun advocated co-operation between the parties and died before Chiang Kai-shek ordered the mass killing of Communists in Shanghai in 1927, which poisoned relations between the two. While successor Chiang took the Nationalist government to Taiwan, Sun's second wife, Soong Ching-ling, sided with the Communists. She was the only one in her family to stay back on the mainland after 1949. Her sister was the wife of Chiang. Sun and Soong married on October 25, 1915, when he was 48 and she 22. The marriage contract contained three clauses, including: 'The two will forever maintain the relations between man and wife and work together to promote mutual good fortune'. Some historians interpret this as a promise by Soong to remain faithful to Sun after his passing; in any event, she did not remarry. Some believe that since she was 'the mother of the nation', the government would not allow her to remarry. After 1949, Soong held high office. She was one of two vice-chairmen of the country between 1959 and 1975 and became honorary president on May 17, 1981. But she died in Beijing 12 days later. Soong's high status saved her from persecution in the anti-rightist movement and the Cultural Revolution, but its terror persuaded her to throw most of her belongings into a furnace. In January 1979, she returned to her Shanghai home for the last time and destroyed most of her letters there. A giant portrait of Sun hangs in Tiananmen Square on May Day and National Day. In the 1980s, there were five - Sun, Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. 'Of course, we will have major events next year to mark the 100th anniversary,' said an official of Sun's museum in Cuiheng. 'Without his role in overthrowing the Qing dynasty, there would be no 'New China',' she said.