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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  • Don't miss this a thousand colors garden. Take the time of the discovery, hundreds of photos to do and feel all the roses. You will be transported in some magical floral universe...
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  • Everything was being recorded and kept nicely. They even provide you an audio machine (looked like walkie-talkie) so you could understand the building better. Nice rose garden and small little church....  more »
  • The garden of the Shilin mansion is very large. Plant a variety of species. Garden of the gardens, etc... It's a good time to have fun with flowers. If you are just as good as the experience of Show ~ believe this is a worthwhile time to stay in the choice!
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