The Lin Yutang House 林語堂故居 on Yangmingshan is one of those magical places above Taipei, where I could stay for hours, because I'm so enamored with its ambiance and the beautiful view. Located right above Tianmu 天母, a famous neighborhood in Shilin, the Lin Yutang House is one Taipei's less known architectural gems. It was built in 1966 and designed by the writer Lin Yutang 林語堂 himself, who gave it its name (source). The design incorporates Chinese and Western elements: The decorative roof tiles reminded me of the ones at Liberty Square, but all in all it felt like a Mediterranean house, very similar to the ones I saw at my home country's coastal region. Aside from being curious about the architecture, my wife and I wanted to take a rest after the extensive tour of the Chungshan Building and the Lin Yutang House was perfect for that, because it's located next to a bus stop on the way down to Shilin. I wasn't familiar with the famous Chinese writer who spent some of his later years here, but the exhibition on his life was very interesting and I learned a lot about him. There's an entrance fee of 30 NTD, if you want to see it (check opening hours here).
Let me share some pictures with you from December 2012:
The café with a view
Visiting here definitely feels like entering a world much different from the one in Taipei City. The view is magnificent, the ambiance very soothing for the soul. During our visit the house was mostly empty and we were lucky to get the seat with the nicest view, but I'm not sure that's always the case. Truth is, the food and drinks are quite expensive, but you probably pay for the whole experience and you won't be there all the time. If you want to see some images of the exhibition, check this Taiwanese blog. You can also read more about Lin Yutang and his in a very well written article by Epoch Times.
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