Taipei Children's Recreation Center 臺北市立兒童育樂中心 is a popular spot in northern Zhongshan District and as the name already indicates - it's dedicated to children. The recreation center is divided in 3 parts: "World of Yesterday" 昨日世界, "World of Tomorrow" 明日世界 and the "World of Pleasure" 遊樂世界. My wife and I were actually headed in this area to see the nearby Rinzai Zen Temple, but when I saw the old Qing Dynasty houses in the distance, I was curious and wanted to have a look. It turned out, that these buildings are not historic, but merely a recreation of a Fujianese village and a part of the so called World of Yesterday. The recreation center is a great place for families, especially during the weekend, where they have a lot of activities. We were lucky to see an interesting performance and had a lot of fun exploring the site.
A brief History of the site
Despite being a fake Chinese village, the history of this site is quite rich. It dates back to the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945) and it was the original site of the former Yuanshan Zoo 圓山動物園 (also known as Maruyama Zoo) from 1914, as well as the location of the former Children's Amusement Park 兒童遊園. In 1986 the zoo was relocated to Muzha (where it's still found today) and the amusement park for children was greatly expanded, it became 3 times bigger (Source).
Let me show you my photos of Children's Recreation Center from August 2012:
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Map and useful information
▷ RELATED INFORMATION
• Pinyin: Táipěi Shìlì Értóng Ǜlè Zhōngxīn
• Related website: Homepage
• Entrance fee: 30 NTD
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▷ NEARBY SITES
• Rinzai Zen Temple
• Lin An Tai Ancestral Residence
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