Around the Mountain
The top of the mountain is full of old and interesting parks, villas, old paths, stairs, and other pre-war buildings such as churches and pools.
Nice gateway to the main animal park
The park behind has a bunch of interesting animals and sculptures, like this Aries Ram
Running horses below the pool at the square
Typical (though large) old villa in the hills - this one used as a hotel
Another, nearly abandoned villa, used by a local family - houses like this are everywhere
The mountain is full of old paths, stairs, and walkways, like
these stairs up into the bamboo.
Once you learn your way around, these are convenient, peaceful, and always an adventure.
Yinan along the trails
Another local house dating from before the war
The pool - dating from about 1919. Photos show this
heavily used by foreign families in the 20s and 30s.
It sill fills automatically from springs but is dilapidated and hardly used.
The small church, next to the pool - not used much since the War or Revolution
The Lodge - home away from home for foreigners visiting the mountain - don't forget to order dinner a day in advance
One of the gateways of a spiritual area in the old Nationalist compound
A lot of tourists come around - here down by the creek we find sedan chairs to take you back up to the road
Interesting bottle cooling system down by the creek
A lot of the tourists come to see the Chiang Kai Shek museum,
since he ran the country
from here for some time, especially after World War II.
This building is part of the museum and hotel complex.
Picture of Chiang Kai Shek and Soong Mae-Ling in the museum
Nice-looking lamps at the museum complex