C.K.S. SHILIN RESIDENCE PARK

November 24, 2008

Our day had begun at the Image Hosted by ImageShack.usChiang Kai Shek Shilin Residence Park around 10:00 in the morning. Our cab driver dropped us off at the back of the entrance of the park and we were admitted free of charge. This place was originally one of Chiang Kai Shek's homes but it was abandoned by Mrs. Chiang when her husband died. It remained closed until 1996 and later the residence and park was opened to the public and often used as a place for exhibitions showcasing the flowers at their colorful best.


Entering into the huge complex, there were very few people around the park some young and old couples seating on the garden bench and a number of tour groups. As we made our way through the cement trails there are green houses, pavilions, and beautiful gardens which are the highlights of the park.


I'm quite impressed by the tranquil environment, the formal Western and Chinese gardens, the interspersed meandering walkways, the lushly landscaped with expansive green vegetation, and the nicely laid out plant sculptures. I was awed by this giant ornamental face of Mother Earth that has been shaped artistically.

Mother Earth face
Mother Earth viewed from afar


We didn't try the "Madame's Breakfast" that has become the best advertisement to attract the tourist. This meal which consists only of toast, coffee and celery salad is offered at the Youth Cafe near the main entrance.

All in all, we were there only for about 25 minutes and our experience wasn't that exciting since there were no exhibits presented at that time and many of the flowers are not yet in full bloom. :( If you're planning to stop by here, it would be best to call ahead and inquire if they have flower exhibitions for that day just to make sure that your visit will be more interesting. I only recommend this place for those who are seeking a delightful walk, a nice relaxation in a laid back quiet atmosphere, and for those who are interested in CKS history.


The C.K.S. Shilin Residence Park is located at the triangle of Fulin Road and Zhongshan North Road, Section 5, Taipei, Taiwan. The garden is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Entry is free.


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7 comments:

  1. i like the mother earth face. the place is well maintained and the people who made this place shows how important nature is and how artworks can coincide with nature.

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  2. This park is beautiful and C.K.S spent his life here. What a luxurious life he had before.

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  3. Certainly sounds like a good spot for me to jog!

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  4. Beautiful park...The greens are very lovely...very sharp photos. thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hi Asian Traveler!
    Thanks for the tips; it looked a nice stroll anyhow. And the pictures are great!!
    I'm in a different mood now; Blogtrotter is at the Bardo Museum. Some of the best Roman mosaics in the world! Enjoy and have a great week!

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  6. Ganda ng place, kaya lang parang feeling ko pag ako andyan parang magretreat ako, ang environment niya eh kaka enganyo mag reflect, magdaydreaming kunwari kaharian ko siya..(eeechuusss) hehehe.. The best and amaze ako kung pano ginawa ang mother earth face.. Ilang tao at araw kaya ginawa yong ganyang mga design..hmm..anyways magaya yan pag super duper rich na ako..hehehe.. (joke lang).

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  7. Hi Ailah,
    Puwedeng magawa ang "plant sculpture" ng isang tao lang at matapos ng isang araw. :)

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