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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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  • If you are a fan of any garden related stuff then you must go here. They have lovely flowers. They have a time limit in the admission so be aware of that so that you're visit here won't be a waste of ...  more »
  • Located at freshwater station Shilin MRT and walked for a while. An elegant impression, that we had the House the late Chiang Kai-shek from Generalissimo died. I think because a wealth of green to relax but also good.
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  • 這個時節是士林官邸,蔣宋美齡的玫瑰花園,最美的時候,晴朗的天空泛藍,微風中帶著絲絲寒意,卻給了花兒綻放的提神氣力,這是熱署季節看不到的「花精神」,也最能持久,園藝間仿彿見到光鮮亮眼梳著髮髻,頭額流海頭頂平整的蔣夫人,身著改良式旗袍搭上黑絨毛披肩,流連淌漾在玫瑰園間,景象真美耶!