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Published on Sep 30, 2014
A residence of the late military leader Chang Hsueh-liang has been reopened to the public. It was rebuilt with the support of a former Liaoning provincial governor who wanted to honor a figure considered to be a patriotic hero in his birth country of China. Drums can be heard at the opening ceremony for the former residence of Chang Hsueh-liang, who is also known as the “Young Marshal.” More than 50 years ago the building was destroyed by Typhoon Gloria. It was later rebuilt by the Hsinchu County government and reopened across the street. But a former provincial governor of Liaoning who felt it should be located in its original location donated NT$20 million for it to be rebuilt once again.Members of Chang’s family were invited to attend a ceremony to mark the home’s latest reopening, including his youngest sister Chang Huai-min. Chang Huai-minSisterHe was honest and always treated me well. And wherever he went he would take me. Tsai Jung-kuangHsinchu County Cultural AffairsThis former residence, the Young Marshal’s Museum, and the Xian Incident Museum are small, but they occupy an important part of history. Chang is most famous for the Xian Incident, where he arrested Chiang Kai-shek and later played a role in forcing the Kuomintang commander to join in the fight against the Japanese. Chiang would return the favor by putting Chang under house arrest for 50 years. Chang spent a portion of that time at this house in Hsinchu’s Wufeng Cingcyuan hot springs area.