Shilin Official Residence, Taipei

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The Shilin Official Residence is the former residence of late Republic of China President Chiang Kai-shek located on Zhongshan North Road in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.HistoryDuring the Japanese Colonial era on Taiwan, it was the location of the Shilin Horticultural Experimental Station. After the Republic of China lost the Chinese Civil War in 1949 and retreated to Taiwan, the property was requisitioned to the government and transformed into the residence of Chiang Kai-Shek and Soong Mei-ling by architect Yang Cho-cheng. Construction was completed by the Continental Engineering Corporation In the early days of the Republic of China on Taiwan, the residence was heavily militarized, fortified, and closed to the public. Since 1996, it has been open to the public and is a popular place for viewing the gardens. The gardens include both Chinese and Western style horticulture. In addition to the gardens, the official residence includes the former home of Chiang Kai-Shek and Soong Mei-ling. The official residence home is a two-story western style home. The official residence house is currently opened to the public as of January 2, 2011. In addition, the grounds also include Madame Chiang Kai-Shek's former Cadillac limousine, Chiang Kai-Shek's personal Victory Chapel, and the Xinlan Pavilion (新蘭亭) with inscription by Yu Youren which hosted Chiang's birthday celebrations. Former President Chen Shui-bian revealed that the grounds contain a hidden tunnel that connects to the Presidential office in downtown Taipei.
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  • July 18, 2017
    one of best places to learn the last 20 years life of Chiang Kai Shek couple. is attractive places to learn how this couple work, living, and handling some historic issues here. you can see this coupl...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    This place has a beautiful garden and has an interesting Chinese furnitures in the residence. The garden has a plenty of roses and other plants. They also has a small church in the vicinity. Once you ...  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    If you like history, building, or gardens, this is the place not to be missed. Pay the entrance fees to walk in the formal residence of the late President Chiang Kai-she and his intelligent wife. Too ...  more »

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