TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- While on duty, a trainee of the Hualian Railway Police Bureau, Yuli Station surnamed Kuo (郭) recently encountered an elderly gentleman moving on the platform very slowly and took the initiative to offer assistance, much to his astonishment when the man looked up he "looked 95 percent like late President Chiang Kai-shek!"
On Nov. 1 at 9:35 p.m., while Kuo was on his scheduled internship shift, the No. 438 Taiwan Railways train pulled into Yuli Station in Hualien County. As Kuo kept his eyes peeled for any passengers in need, he noticed an elderly man on platform no. 2 dressed in a khaki Zhongshan suit (中山裝) walking very slowly with a cane, so he headed over to help.
When the old man looked up, Kuo was scared silly as he was the spitting image of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石). It turns out that the man's surname is Li (李), he is in his 90s and he was Chiang Ching-kuo's bodyguard (蔣經國), the son of Chiang Kai-shek and also former president of Taiwan. After retiring, Li returned to live in his hometown of Yuli.
Li said that because many believe he has a strong resemblance to Chiang Kai-shek, he is often asked to go to Taipei or towns and counties in western Taiwan to participate in public welfare activities and TV shows.
In this case, Li was returning from a birthday party held for him in Natou County's Puli Township. Li explained that because his children were out of town on business, he was left to his own devices and his cane. Kuo then grabbed a wheelchair for Li to sit in and helped him hail a taxi.
(Hualian Railway Police Bureau, Yuli Station Facebook photo)
Chiang Kai-shek wearing a similar Zhongshan suit. (Wikimedia Commons)