The Mansion of Glory, Caotun

Built in 1928 by Hong Dezhong when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, the Mansion of Glory (Fu Long Tang) is located in Caotun in Nantou County. The renovations of the site appear to be almost complete with the exception of the wall which surrounds the estate.

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The main hall of the mansion is seven rooms wide. A four-room East Dragon wing and a symmetrical West Tiger wing completes the U-shaped structure.

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One of the first things I noticed when I walked into the building was that it was several degrees cooler than outside without the aid of fans or air conditioning. I wish I could say the same for the sweatbox I rent in Taipei.

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After surviving the Richter 7.3 earthquake of September 21, 1999, this building was designated by the Nantou County Government as one of the ten most valuable historical buildings of the county.

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