The Presidential Office Building (Chinese: 總統府; pinyin: Zǒngtǒng Fǔ) houses the Office of the President of the Republic of China. The building, located in the Zhongzheng District in the national capital of Taipei, Republic of China, was designed by architect Uheiji Nagano during the period of Japanese rule of Taiwan (1895–1945). The structure originally housed the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan. Damaged in Allied bombing during World War II, the building was restored after the war by Chen Yi, the Governor-General of the Taiwan province. It became the Presidential Office in 1950 after the Republic of China lost control of mainland China and relocated the nation’s capital to Taipei City at the end of the Chinese Civil War.
Taipei 101 in the distance. The Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a supertall skyscraper designed by C.Y. Lee and C.P. Wang in Xinyi, Taipei, Taiwan. This building was officially classified as the world’s tallest from its opening in 2004 until the 2010 completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.
Chiang Kai-shek’s car from 1972 – 1975
This is one of Chiang’s official state cars, donated by overseas Chinese in the Philippines. The 1955 GM-manufactured Cadillac is a four-door, seven-seat limousine that measures 610 (L) x 200 (W) x 163 (H) cm and weighs three tons. It is fitted with bulletproof glass and other security measures. Chiang, however, only used the vehicle once.
In countries that have indigenous automobile manufacturers, the government will usually commission one of the national automakers to provide a state car, or allow several to provide cars for an official state fleet. That the Taiwanese government picked something from an American manufacturer certainly shows the intimate relationship between the US and Taiwan.
Also of note is the car plate, which reads 0888. In Chinese language, the number 8 sounds similar to the word for abundance and good fortune, and is often the preferred number used for car plates, street numbers, cell phone numbers, etc.