For anyone who missed it, yesterday was the last day of the 2009 Shilin Presidential Rose Festival. We checked out the festivities on Saturday along with a few thousand Taipei residents. Given the size of the park, it didn’t seem too crowded for Taipei.
It’s always possible however that some flower enthusiasts were on Yangmingshan during the weekend for the 2009 Yangmingshan Flower Festival [which runs through March 22].
The Shilin Presidential Residence was one of Chiang Kai-shek’s former homes. The grounds were opened to the public as a park in 1996. His former home however remains closed.
The Shilin Residence offers a European and an Eastern style garden, a cafe, Madame Soong’s former Cadillac, and Victoria Chapel [Chiang and Soong’s former place of worship].
The Shilin Residence is located at the triangle of Fulin Road and Zhongshan North Road Sec. 5. It’s a brief walk from Shilin MRT Station exit #2.