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Top 5 gardens and parks to visit in Taipei

Taipei is packed. No, seriously. It’s packed with people, businesses, apartments, amusement parks, hot springs, museums, night markets, and mopeds, among other things. The island country of Taiwan has a lot to offer for tourists. Just in the capital Taipei itself, there’s so much to do.

If you’re visiting Taipei, I recommend stopping by these five gardens and parks. In a bustling city where it’s easy to get caught up with what you’re doing and time flying by, these gardens and parks are perfect for relaxing and photo snapping.

Lin Family Mansion and Garden

A pond at Lin Family Mansion and Garden. Photo by ChinLin Pan
A pond at Lin Family Mansion and Garden. Photo by ChinLin Pan

This mansion and garden used to belong to the Lin Ben Yuan family and is now open and free to the public. The mansion is actually split up into different buildings. Its Chinese style architecture and interior design makes you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time to the early days of its construction. There are plenty of benches for visitors to see and take in the sights.

Located in the Banqiao district, the Lin Family Mansion and Garden is just a few minutes away from the Taipei Metro Fuzhong station on the Bannan Line (or Line 5). You can get there by walking.

Taipei Botanical Garden

Taipei Botanical Garden. Photo by ChinLin Pan
Taipei Botanical Garden. Photo by ChinLin Pan

This isn’t just a garden. It’s Mother Nature’s backyard. The Taiwan Forestry Research Institute maintains it with over 1,500 species of plants. Take a walk but don’t worry, you won’t get lost. Signs are everywhere to guide your path. The pond is gigantic and you can see water lilies. Additionally, you can find two historical buildings: a herbarium and the Taiwan administration building.

To get to the Taipei Botanical Garden, take a bus from the Taipei Metro Longshan Temple station on the Bannan Line (or Line 5). The garden is open to the public.

Chiang Kai Shek’s Shilin Residence Park

Tourists roam around the rose garden in Chiang Kai-Shek's Shilin residence park. Photo by ChinLin Pan
Tourists roam around the rose garden in Chiang Kai-Shek’s Shilin residence park. Photo by ChinLin Pan

This lovely estate, abundant with flowers, bushes, plants, and trees, is an open public park that used to belong to Chiang Kai Shek, the former president of the Republic of China (aka Taiwan). The Chinese and Western-style house he lived in is available to tour for $100 NT (approximately $3 USD). My favorite part of this park was seeing the rose garden.

Located in the Shilin district, the park is about 10 minutes walking distance from the Taipei Metro Shilin station on the Danshui Line (or Line 2).

Daan Forest Park

People play with their dogs in Daan Forest Park. Photo by ChinLin Pan.
People play with their dogs in Daan Forest Park. Photo by ChinLin Pan.

There’s not much to see at Daan Forest Park, but it’s the place to bring your dogs to play, to have a picnic, or just to have a game of tag or capture the flag. The grounds are huge. Daan Park is also a known location for films to shoot. Additionally, the park is about two or three metro stations away from the iconic Taipei 101 building.

Daan Park is located just outside of the Taipei 101 area. The Taipei Metro Daan Park station takes you directly there on the Danshui Line (or Line 2).

Dahu Park

The view of the bridge at Dahu Park. Photo by ChinLin Pan.
The view of the bridge at Dahu Park. Photo by ChinLin Pan.

Dahu Park is mostly water and mountains. You can spot people fishing in the water. There’s a beautifully arched bridge that divides up the park. While there’s not much to see, it’s another ideal location, far from the capital Taipei area, to relax.

Not to be confused with Daan Park, Dahu Park is located in the Neihu district. The Taipei Metro Dahu Park station takes you directly there on the Wenhu Line (or Line 1).

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