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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, February 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 2

The Yuanshan Villa
181, Chungshan N. Rd., Sec. 3 (by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum)
(02) 2595-7656

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      Adjacent to the hustling and bustling Chungshan Bridge stands a tranquil and aged mansion. Originally the social gathering place for Taipei tea merchants, it is also once the Artists Amity Center for cultural activities. Designated as a historical building in 1998, restoration and renovation began and resulted in the Yuanshan Villa today. The mansion is constructed in English Tudor style, a distinctive semi woody structure; intersecting deep brown panels decor with yellow mosaic tiles on exterior and hedge walls, the Villa exudes a leisurely European country style. Inside, on exhibit is the building¡¦s architectural and historical information and files. Also, an area has been set aside for social and leisure while sipping tea. The place fully displays the historical significance of Taipei tea cultural influence and lets one reminisce the past in the mist tea fragrant. The restored Yuanshan Villa will certainly become an important cultural landmark for the Taipei populace. ¡V By Ken Lin, translated by Yvonne Chen (³¯¨|ªÚ)