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The Lin Family Mansion and Garden 林本源園邸

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4.5 337 Reviews

Tuesday: 09:00 – 17:00




Over one hundred years ago when the Tamsui River was a popular transportation route, a wealthy family surnamed Lin moved from Taoyuan to Banqiao (which was then called Fangciao). The family later to ok on the work of urban development and transformation in a single handed manner. Because of their efforts, the family successfully expanded their business operation in this district. The family also fulfilled their social responsibilities by opening schools and stopping constant armed fights between two major groups of Chinese immigrants. Therefore, their residence, Lin Family Garden, was the center of the city’s development at the time. As time goes by, The Lin Family Mansion and Garden is now a second-degree historical site of over 6,000 pings, which are made up by two major parts: mansions and gardens. Some of its architecture has been preserved and some of Lin’s family members still live here. Although it is surrounded by busy roads, a night market, clothes shop and buildings, you kind of enter into another world one hundred years ago when you walk in. The traditional landscape architectures in the Lin Family Garden boast the best in Taiwan, the precious cultural heritage left by Lin’s ancestors. The visit to this place is like reading old stories of the city, just like a Taiwanese version of the classical novel Red Chamber Dream.


Northern Taiwan
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
9, Xiamen Street, Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
Monday: 09:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 09:00 – 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 17:00
Friday: 09:00 – 19:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


Nearby MRT

BL Bannan Line Fuzhong


TripAdvisor Reviews

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  1. 2 Terrible
  2. 6 Poor
  3. 42 Average
  4. 134 Very good
  5. 153 Excellent

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  1. 90 Families
  2. 71 Couples
  3. 68 Solo
  4. 9 Business
  5. 63 Friends
  • ZhongguoKM

    Kunming, China



    This is a good place to sit and read a book after you have looked around. I was there in the morning and didn't see any large tour groups. Cost 80 Yuan admission. They offered senior discounts for Taiwan residents, but not for foreigners.
  • Mirithe3

    Tranquillity in midst of a bursting city


    I was really surprised how the gardens changed my mindset in so short time. In the middle of this noisy and vivid city there is an oasis of peace with an atmosphere usually only nature provides. The gardens may seem a little bit kitschy at some parts but never in a negative sense. The buildings are not in best shape, but I would say that, that adds to their charm. Only bad thing I can say is that I couldn't got to the first or 2nd floor of the buildings to enjoy the view, which is described in the prospect. To visit the mansion one needs to join a guided tour. They start every 2 hours. I didn't do that and just enjoyed the gardens for 2,5 hours. Don't forget to bring a notebook and collect all the stamps from the garden!
  • crablover2

    Cupertino, CA

    Nice but kind of getting old


    This is a glimpse of what a rich person's mansion/gardens might look like in the early 1900s. It's interesting, but everything is aged/old and not well kept up. It would have been gorgeous in it's heyday, or if they kept it up to show off the opulent state it once had. Also a lot of mosquitoes around because of the water. It costs 80NT for foreigners without a Taipei ID.
  • 326reginag

    Geoje, South Korea

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    Very nice


    Beautiful place, and very easy to find. When we went, there was not admission fee, but I think it depends on the day and hour you go. It is very spacious, but there are a lot of stairs - not disabled friendly. If you are interested in trying on traditional clothing, you can rent an outfit while there as well. Children through adult sizes.
  • aindriubannister

    Dublin, Ireland

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    Amazing Garden


    Very peaceful little garden in the heart of Banqiao. It's worth getting up early to attend in advance of the crowds of Chinese tours that come through. My girlfriend and I we're there practically alone at 9:00 and you really get a sense of peace and tranquility. The gardens are perfectly maintained, and there are endless amounts of nooks to wander through.

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