A concert tour recently took the musicians of the Tao Yuan Symphonic Winds and me to Shenzhen (China PRC), as mentioned in an earlier post (2006.7.18). While there we visited Splendid China, the city's theme park that serves for all practical purposes as a 3D travel brochure.
The park is built around miniature replicas of tourist spots from around China. My Taiwanese friends and I were delighted to find this replica of the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum in Nanjing. Dr Sun is regarded as a hero in Taiwan for his democratic ideals.
It was impossible for us to miss the influence of the Mausoleum's architecture on the design of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial in Taipei. Chiang, of course, wished to be viewed as Dr Sun's successor. He aspired to be a kind of Lincoln to Sun's Washington, one who sustained the vision of the country's founder through a divisive civil war.