Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden
Encyclopedia of Taiwan Heritages
The Lin Garden inside of Azhaowu Manor (former name of Wufeng) and the mansions were collectively called Wufeng Lin Family Mansion and Garden, an official residence built with Taiwanese Fujian Style. Lina��s ancestors were originally from Heping, Zhangzhou in Qianlong Period during Qing Dynasty. The riots from the Dagger Group had opened the door for Wencha Lin in his military road. He was conferred as the Fujian General of the Army after his notable achievement of breaking the Taiping Rebellion. Subsequently, winning the Sino-French War, his son, Chaodong Lin, was gifted with fertile land and the exclusive right to sell Camphor. As a result, Lina��s had become affluent.
Elegancy Lies within the Enormous Group of Buildings
Lina��s buildings have three sections, and they are the Lower House, Upper House, and Laiyuan. The area stretched over 533,850 square feet and with the perimeter of one kilometer if you walk along the outside of the main building. Lower House is of Grass House, the Residence of Palace Guard, the Hall of Large Flower, and the Two-Roomed House, etc. and these were the only First Pin official residence left in Taiwan. The Upper House is a literatusa�� manor house with bright colors; it includes Nourishment Orchard, Hibiscus-Mirror Studio, Tower of Prospective Fragrance, and the New House. Moreover, the well-known Ten Scenes of Laiyuan are in alignment with the current campus of Mingtai High School and surrounded by mountains and water with a feel of the ancient days.
The Abounding Styles of the Architectures
Strolling along with a tour guide in the official residence, you will see many of the remnants from the Qing Dynasty. The residence was almost back to its original shape after the help of the restoration professionals and the traditional craftsmen. The team followed the reconstruction methods that were used for restoring the ancient churches and paintings in Europe. Visitors can also spot the door gods in Residence of Palace Guard, which were rare in regular houses back then. It is priceless to be able to observe the original construction materials in a close distance, which brings you back to the official residence in 150 years ago.
In 1985, the Ministry of the Interior has categorized the Lina��s as a national heritage. Many of the buildings have been undergoing reconstruction and restorations due to the severe damages caused by the 921 Earthquake. In June 2014, Residence of located inside of Mingtai High School, is also open for viewing during school days. However, Upper House is still not ready for viewing. Lower House, located on the southside, was the residence of Dingbang, the first son of Jiayin Lin. Upper House, located in the northside, was the residence of Dianguo, the second son of Jiayin Lin. Laiyuan was part of Upper House garden. Residence of Palace Guard is part of Lower House that has faA�ade of 11 Kaijian in width, and 5 Jinshen in length. Among the Taiwan traditional architectures, this place is considered the only Qing Dynasty residence remaining that is spacious. In the middle of the first faA�ade, it has three Kaijian in width, and maintains the look from 19 th Century. The magnificent paintings of the door gods as well as the exquisite wooden carvings will make you want to stay longer.