The Lin Family Mansion and Garden (林本源園邸) is a lavish estate containing a three-courtyard house and a traditional Chinese garden. Construction started in 1847, and took over 40 years to build. It’s now considered one of the last surviving examples of such traditional Chinese architecture from the Qing dynasty period.
Now located in New Taipei, near Banqiao Station on the Taiwan High Speed Rail line, since it’s restoration it has become a Nation-Designated Heritage site. It’s packed with all sorts of trails, gardens and ponds, many cut up into their own sections, providing a lot of variety and surprises as you explore the estate.
The Lin Family Mansion and Garden was originally built by the Lin Ben Yuan Family, a still prominent family of many business leaders, politicians and scholars. In the end it cost almost twice as much to build as the city itself, which is a testament to its ornate, luxurious architecture, as well as the wealth the family had.
The buildings themselves are covered in traditional Chinese hand-painted and hand-carved decorations, with grand roofs that really evoke the Qing dynasty period. As you explore the estate, you’ll be inundated with interesting features, from peaceful ponds, to mini hills and lush plant life in the garden sections. It’s often considered to have some of the best gardens in Taipei.
How to get there
The nearest station is Fuzhong Station on the Taipei Metro’s blue line. There are frequent services heading south from Taipei Station (14 minutes, NT$30).
The Lin Family Mansion and Garden is about 15 minutes on foot from Fuzhong Station. Take Exit 3 and walk down Fuzhong Street, past McDonald’s and then take a right after the Carrefour supermarket. You’ll then soon come to the entrance. There are also YouBike stations outside Fuzhong Station, as well as one just outside the estate.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Closed: First Monday of the month
Official website: linfamily.ntpc.gov.tw