The Li's Old Mansion

The Li's Old Mansion, Zhonghe: Hours, Address, The Li's Old Mansion Reviews: 3.5/5

The Li's Old Mansion
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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The area
Neighborhood: Banqiao / Zhonghe / Yonghe District
Banqiao district is the center of administration, shopping and transportation of New Taipei City, encompassing shopping, tasting local snacks, and experiencing traditional and night markets. Here is also the first choice of Christmas celebration in Taiwan- Christmasland in New Taipei City. Within this modern complex, a garden architecture full of Chinese tradition “the Lin Family Mansion and Garden” is hidden, complete with attics, pavilions and artificial mountains and fountains. Zhonghe and Yonghe not only have world class soybean milk, but also have places with a rather artistic lifestyle. Near MRT Yongan Market Station, there is the only old document repair book hospital in Taiwan - the National Taiwan Library Book Hospital bookbinding room. It has been here since Taisho year 4 of the Japanese occupation, which is extremely rare! In addition, the tiny crisscrossing streets of these two cultural districts still holds many interesting bookstores waiting for your discovery.
How to get there
  • Jingan • 3 min walk
  • Nanshijiao • 10 min walk

16 reviews
Very good

34 contributions
Traditional Chinese Garden
Sep 2017 • Friends
Quite a walk from the metro but definitely worth it. I had loved the experience of almost getting lost walking thru a market finding a shop similar to daiso but cheaper and walking down some alleys like a local.
Bus travel would require less walking.

It is a very beautiful showcase of the traditional Taiwanese garden architecture.
Written June 6, 2018
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Luzhou, New Taipei100 contributions
Very nice Historic house
Apr 2017 • Couples
Beautiful old house with a nice example of Chinese architecture and with friendly staff. Free tea and biscuits were very welcome.

I enjoyed it. It's a nice place to visit for a few hours.
Written April 23, 2017
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN700 contributions
Historical Family Housing Complex
Jul 2015 • Solo
The reviews thus far on trip advisor have not been that favorable, but I rather enjoyed it.

First: to be fair, it is rather difficult to get to. It's not right by an MRT spot -- it truly is a piece of history preserved in the midst of an otherwise residential district of Taipei, but perhaps that is even some of its charm. But because of its location, it's not that easy to find. I spent some time studying a map and writing directions down, and I am glad I did. I was able to walk straight to it, no problem, but otherwise I might have given up.

From the MRT Sanmin High School, Take Exit 1 (Sanmin Street). This exit actually comes out at the corner of Sanmin and Fuxing Road. If you are facing straight, you will see a sign that says "Fuxing". Turn right onto Fuxing and walk a little ways until you come to Zhongxiao Road; I turned left (as I recall) onto Zhongxiao. I basically had to walk through a traditional market - there are blue railings on the opposite side of the street of Zhongxiao Road - follow that until you get to Zhongzheng Road. (It's the next major street where you can turn either right or left, as I recall.) I turned right onto Zhongzheng Road and walked a little ways. Right before Baohe Street, I turned down Alley 185 and walked; looking down the alleys from Alley 185 to my right, I could see the wall to the family estate (I think it was Alley 185, 46). Or, I think if you walk past Baohe Street, you'll come to Lane 243, which will also go directly to the front of the Lee Family House. All in all, it's about a 12-15 minute walk from the Sanmin MRT. (I think you probably could walk from the Luzhou MRT too, because I saw signs that said the Luzhou MRT was only about 500 m.)

The entrance fee is NTD 100. I don't know if it is because I went right away in the morning or what but when I offered an NTD 1,000 bill, the ticket person kept pointing to the NTD 100 - maybe he couldn't make change. Luckily I managed to come up with NTD 60, so he was nice enough to let me in for the reduced fair for students/seniors. Already at 9am on a Sunday morning there lots of people there.

The house is built entirely of stone and brick and has lots of narrow passage ways and openings up onto courtyards. All the rooms are very small. Except of the English brochure (the ticket person gave me) and some English audio in two historical rooms (about anti-Japanese/history of General Lee that was executed) all the displays and exhibits are only labeled in Chinese. On the other hand, it was pretty obvious that most of the displays were farming equipment, so while you may not get the exact details you could see what the instruments for the most part were. There were three ornate beds. I enjoyed walking through the warren of small passageways and rooms and courtyards; it reminded me of the different houses/courtyards like in the movie "Farewell, My Concubine" -- but not at all ornate or anything like that.

There is an uninspiring gift store and toilets (unsure if it's Western style or squat pots.) Because of the narrow passage ways and uneven floors it's not a place to go if someone is really unsteady or needs a wheelchair (in my opinion.)

While it's not in my top 10 things to do in Taipei, I enjoyed it - and imagined what it might have been like 100 years ago -- but I'm still glad I made the effort to go see it. I got through the house in about 50 minutes; if I could read the text it might have taken longer or spent more time looking at each piece of farming equipment, so I'd say 1-2 hours max, likely less than an hour, but it all depends on how much time one wants to spend in each room, etc.
Written July 5, 2015
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Boynton Beach, FL5,376 contributions
Not One of The Better Attractions
Oct 2014
Located in a rather uninspiring part of Taipei, this restored home is now surrounded by multi-story buildings. Virtually none of the displays are in English and what was there was quite limited. Some rooms had modern children's toys - I wasn't sure what that was all about. For 100NTD I expected a lot more.
Written October 3, 2014
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ottawa canada553 contributions
rather uninteresting turn of the century estate
Mar 2014 • Solo
15-20 minutes max,to see this unimpressive family estate...overpriced entrance fee, to see a few artifacts,and a rather boring building,without even a decent garden.I f your in the area,with time to kill ,fine...if not do not go out of your way to see this place.
Written March 18, 2014
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