Taipei 2012 - Shilin Presidential Residence and Rose Garden
The Shilin Presidential Residence was Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek's offiicial residence. He stayed there with his wife Soong May Ling - one of the famous Soong Sisters. The residence is surroundered by a garden of around 9 hectares, and located at the foot of Fushan in one of the most beautiful locations in Taipei. By the time we got to the residence, it was already closed for visitors so we could only have a glimpse outside. It would have been nice to be able to see how the Chiangs lived. They also received and entertained many foreign dignitaries in this residence.
Soong May Ling loved roses so a very large roase garden was created for her. It should look magnificent in Spring when thousands of the roses bloom - but we were there at the end of Winter so the roses were just starting to bloom.
Besides the rose garden, the huge garden ground is also a nice place to explore. It is one of the most beautiful gardens in Taipei.
I wouldn'st say the Shilin Presidential Residence is a must visit - especially if you can't get into the residence. But if you have the time it is a nice pleasant break from the usual itinerary.