Shilin Official Residence
|Shilin Official Residence
House of Former President Chiang Kai-shek
|Type||Former Presidential Residence and Horticultural Gardens|
|Created||1996 opened to public|
|Status||Open all year|
The Shilin Official Residence (Chinese: 士林官邸; pinyin: Shìlín Guāndǐ) is the former residence of late Republic of China President Chiang Kai-shek located on Zhongshan North Road in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan.
During 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 May-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 May-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.
During its history, the residence home has hosted famous guests and foreign dignitaries visiting Taiwan including then President of the United States of America Dwight D. Eisenhower and U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. In 1971, then Governor of California, Ronald Reagan, stayed at the residence when he was in Taipei as the United States representative to the Double Ten Day Celebrations.
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