“Grass Mountain” is not just one mountain, but instead a general calling of a mountain area that includes Da-tun Mountain, Chi-Shin Mountain, and Sha-Mau Mountain. Grass Mountain Chateau was originally the guest house of Taiwan Sugar Corporation, and had hosted the Crown Prince-Michi-no-mia Hirohito (who later became Emperor Showa).
Built in 1920 and visited by Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito, this handsome building became Chiang Kai-shek’s(late President of the Republic of China) first residence in 1949. The chateau is now a museum, exhibition centre and well-regarded restaurant (set meals NT$488; meals served 11.30am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 7pm) serving dishes favoured by the Generalissimo, such as meatballs, braised spare ribs and lamb. Tourism shuttle bus 小9 runs here from the park’s main bus stop on the way to Beitou.
Grass Mountain Chateau sits on a lot of 4275 square meter. The main Chateau is a typical Japanese style building in 1920, with an area of 584 square meters. In front of the door, the two Acacia tree and Sweet Gum tree that are almost one hundred years old quietly tell the time and years. The interior space of the main Chateau was designed and separated into main hallway, main hall, reception room, study room, bedroom, master bedroom, living room, guest room, kitchen, courtyard and terrace. Around the main Chateau, there are four subsidiary buildings which were originally the residence of the retinues of Kai-Shek Chiang. Later when the Department of Cultural Affairs of Taipei City Government renovated the Grass Mountain Chateau, it, in work with the art exhibitions and events of the main Chateau, changed the four small buildings to artists’ studios, hoping the Grass Mountain Chateau to become an aesthetic zone that integrates habitats, humanities and arts, and has the capability to communicate closely with people.
Puppetry Art Center of Taipei
[台北偶戲館/Táiběi ǒu xì guǎn]
-Located in: Northern Taiwan
-Features: Museum, Exhibitions, Historical Site, Scenic Spots
-Highly recommend to: History Buffs
-Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays)
-Address: No.89, Hudi road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan