October 23rd is the 10th anniversary of the death of Mdm. Chaing Kai-Shek, the founder of Grand Hotel. In order to commemorate the contribution Mdm. Chiang, who is also one of the top ten most influential women in the world, had made to our hotel, we especially host the “Exhibition to commemorate the10th Anniversary of the death of Mdm. Chiang Kai-Shek” from October 1st to November 30th. The exhibition will held at the V floor in our hotel. Photos of Mdm. Chaing and related antiques will be displayed. A promotion of red bean muffin give away will also be held in the Yuan Tea House.
A collection of Mdm. Chiang’s photos and antiques will be displayed the exhibition, including the historical image of Mdm. Chaing receiving international guests, photos with Ms. Jannet Kong, her house in Long Island, USA etc. For the antiques including the tea set used by Mdm. Chiang, her jewelry box, match box, and her painting album published in 1956 and 1974.
The Yuan Tea House was established by Mdm. Chiang in 1973. During the exhibition, the Yuan Tea House also promotes “Purchase over $1000 will get free red bean muffin” and “Buy 10 red bean muffin get 1 free”. Customers could have the red bean muffin in the tea house or take away, to appreciate this special dessert most loved by Mdm. Chiang. It is said that the dessert is what Mdm. Chiang missed the most about her home town when she first moved to Taiwan. At first, the Chef didn’t know how to make the dessert. After numerous trying and testing with Ms Kong’s detailed description of the recipe, the Chef finally produced this “ sweet but not greasy, bouncy but soft” red bean muffin. There were always red bean muffins delivered from Grand Hotel kept in Mdm. Chiang’s refrigerator at her home in US till she passed away.
“Exhibition to commemorate the10th Anniversary of the death of Mdm. Chiang Kai-Shek” and “Red bean muffin promotion” will be held from October 1st to November 30th. We welcome customers to visit the Grand Hotel founded by Mdm. Chiang, recall her elegant demeanor and taste her favorite dish in the Yuan Tea House.
Madame Chiang in our mind
Chang Chin-San: Madame Chiang request 100% courtesy to guests
The former manager of General Affairs Department Chang Chin-San has worked in the Grand Hotel from 1958 to 1998. He has worked in the Grand Hotel for more than 40 years and experienced the most glorious period with the hotel. Even till now, he likes to go through the documents and newspaper clippings that he collected before, and runs back over the period he has spent in the Grand Hotel. The request of Mme. Chiang to the colleagues in Grand Hotel is still fresh in his memory.
Although Mme. Chiang respected everyone, she strictly demanded politeness. Mr. Chang Chin-San pointed that four ex-coworkers were fired because of improper behavior noticed by Mme. Chiang. One of them asked the guest to come by hooking his finger and it was seen by Mme. Chiang. Mme. Chiang didn’t reproach him right away but she asked the manager to fire out this colleague afterwards. Another colleague was a counter staff, he received guests with rolled-up sleeves because the weather was hot. Mme. Chiang thought it was inappropriate with unkempt appearance. Therefore, this colleague was dismissed. Another one was a guard and he read newspapers during duty time. He was laid off as well. The last one was a dormitory supervisor; he gathered employees to play mahjong over night and the supervisor didn’t take his salary home. The supervisor’s wife verified with the hotel and this matter came to light. Finally, he is fired out.
Mr. Chang said that Mme. Chiang insisted on dismissing these four employees because they are undisciplined. If she didn’t punish them strictly, how could she manage staff after that? After Mme. Chiang left Taiwan for U.S.A., she still cared about the development of Grand Hotel very much. She felt it is important for the Grand Hotel to maintain its noble style and interdict any indecent situation.
Lee Ji-An: Madame Chiang preferred simple diet and took account of appearance
Serving Mme. Chiang and Ms. Jannet Kong closely shall not be an easy job but a rare opportunity!
Lee Ji-An, a man of Yunnan, from Myanmar to Taiwan, has no family background. However, he was introduced to the Grand Hotel in 1984 and worked in Ming-Zhe Room.
According to the retired manager Mr. Chang Chi-San, when Mme. Chiang came back Taiwan in 1986, he received instruction to send a staff to serve in the residence. He felt that Lee Ji-An is an honest and hardworking person, therefore he recommended Lee to serve in the residence. That carried a foreshadowing of being the chamberlain of Mme. Chiang’s home in U.S. afterwards.
In September 1994, Mme. Chiang came back Taiwan to visit Miss Kong who was sick at that time. Few days after, Miss Kong passed away. Mme. Chiang had lived in New York ever since and never came back again. Mr. Lee Ji-An went to U.S. with Mme. Chiang in the same year. Mr. Lee remembered that on the plane back to U.S., there were less than 10 people, including doctor, nurse and security guards. The meals were prepared y the Grand Hotel, the residence and China Airlines. During Mme. Chiang’s stay in U.S., the Grand Hotel sent Mme.’s favorite muffins and vegetarian chicken every year.
The old Mme. Chiang preferred simple diet and didn’t eat too much. But she liked almond tea and lemon juice, etc. She read books and newspapers and slept. When the weather was good, she usually took a walk in the yard; when the weather was bad, she walked in the living room instead. In Mr. Lee’s impression, Mme. Chiang paid much attention to appearance and loved to wear high-heel shoes. Even she was over ninety years old at that time; she always wore high-heel shoes when she left room.
Mr. Lee Ji-An originally planned to stay in U.S. for only one year, however, he incidentally kept Mme. Chiang’s company until a year before her death. This rare experience has become the most unforgettable memory for Mr. Lee.