National Geographic : 1956 Feb
the 1660's he took Formosa and used the islands as a base for his revolution against the Manchus. He is still a hero to Formosans as well as to Chinese and Japanese. Koxinga, also known as Cheng Chen Kung, had a Chinese father and Japa nese mother.* The broad harbor beside Ma kung is big enough to hold any invasion fleet of junks and land ing craft. The land affords am ple room for several jet airfields. Breakfast: "Eight Delights" This point was emphasized by the island commander the day we left. He had invited us to breakfast, during which he interlarded military briefing with the special treat his cook had prepared. This was a rich dish of rice mixed with bits of dried persimmon, lotus seeds, nuts, raisins, red bean paste, and dried lung-yen (dragon's eye), a pulpy fruit related to the litchi nut. The whole was satu rated with a heavy sweet sauce. "Dish of eight delights," our host called it, and explained that it was usually reserved for weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. "Don't underestimate the im portance of this island group in the plans of the Communists," he told us. "No matter what promises they make, when they are ready they will attack here first. It is the logical and ideal place for them to build up an invasion fleet, which otherwise cannot make the crossing of the strait in one night under cover of darkness. S"Iknow you correspondents," he added when we were saying farewell, "and I know there is nothing here to bring you back - except a war. That, none of us wants; but if it comes, we will be ready." 280 Nothing at This Roadside Fruit Stand Is Home-grown * See "Formosa-Hot Spot of the East," by Frederick G. Vosburgh, Pescadores people import virtually all fruit from Formosa. Bananas, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, oranges, and sugar cane command high prices. February, 1950.