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The Lin Family Mansion and Garden, Xinbei

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At The Lin Family Mansion and Garden, walk through the Chinese-style garden and learn the story of Taiwan’s richest family of rice and tea producers. The garden dates back to 1847 when the family built a house for storing rent crop, with a courtyard and several pavilions. Today, the garden features variously shaped pavilions and mansions, patios and corridors, artificial hills, arched bridges, and several ponds. After some exploration, take a break under the shade of old banyan trees on the bank of the largest pond. For an all-encompassing view of the gardens, climb the open-air platform of the central building--once used by owners to supervise the field workers. Use our Xinbei itinerary planner to arrange your visit to The Lin Family Mansion and Garden and other attractions in Xinbei.
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  • Did not enjoy my visit since half of the area was under renovation - covered in tarps and restricted access. But the architecture was interesting...  more »
  • The walk to the Lin Family Mansion and Garden from Fuzhong subway station was an adventure in itself - at least the way we did it! We went past streets lined with sellers and thronging with people. Do...  more »
  • On my last day I had a few hours before needing to be at the airport, so I walked 15 minutes from UZ Hostel to check out this beautiful manmade heaven. So glad I did.  more »
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  • Simple, yet beautiful traditional garden and mansion but over 50% of the property is currently closed for renovation. While I appreciate that a large amount of detailed worked is performed to restore and expand the site I couldn't give a five-star rating due to sheer lack of a complete experience of all the site could offer. I visited on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 and on that day entering was free, to be honest, it was worth paying for a ticket! I must caution that during summer it gets incredibly hot. In fact at the entrance there is a collection of very fine water misters to cool the public visiting as they walk in. If you have issues with heat tolerance be sure to look after your health prior to visiting the gardens. Otherwise, I certainly say this a great place for people who want to be alone and think, or for families/couples looking for a low-key place to see the physical beauty of the past.
  • Under construction when I visited in May 2017, some nice ponds to see. I wouldn't plan to spend more than 30 minutes here. It's free
  • Basically, it is a nice place that deserves more than a two star rating. Unfortunately, you can't visit or enter most of the houses and areas at the moment. Currently it is a big construction site. Once construction works have been finalised, i am sure, it will be a nice place to visit.
  • Interesting place, in need of repairs. Buildings are sparely furnished and don't show how people lived in old days. Garden is well kept and a labyrinth of views providing several aspects on same theme.
  • Beautiful place to wander around-unfortunately the construction/restoration wasn't finished when I went. I wish it started open a little bit later so you could enjoy it without the afternoon heat wave.

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