Chiang Wei-shui Memorial Square in Xinyi District of Taipei commemorates a pioneering Taiwanese physician and notable activist against the Japanese rule in Taiwan. The park also has some of the best views of Taipei anywhere in the city.
Chiang Wei-sui was born in 1890 in Yilan during the Qing Dynasty. He later studied medicine at Taiwan Medical College, and started a Ta'An hospital in Taipei. He would later go on to found the Taiwan Cultural Association and Taiwan People's Party, and protest against Japanese colonial rule. He was imprisoned over 12 times. In 1931 he died of typhoid and the Taiwan People's Party was disillusioned by the Japanese government. He was later known as the Sun Yet-sen of Taiwan, and is respected by all political spectrums.
In 2006, National Freeway 5 was named after him.
When he died in 1931, Chiang Wei-shui was buried in Neihu, and later in 1952 his bones were moved to a gravesite at the current location of this memorial square, probably to be closer to Taipei Medical University. However in 2012 his bones were moved back to Yilan, his place of birth. Despite this, the park was renovated in 2019 and still commemorates this fighter for democracy and freedom.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From central Taipei, take Keelung Road south until you get to Liuzhangli MRT station, then turn right. Take a small alley up the mountain on Chongde Road. There should be free parking on the side of the road.
By MRT: The park is within 5 minutes walking distance from either Liuzhangli MRT station or Linguang Station on the brown line MRT.
Please see below:
I have been to this park countless times and pass it frequently on my way between Nangang and Central Taipei. It has some of the best views of Xinyi District around with basically no hiking required.
Steps to the park from the road.
The former gravestone of Mr. Chiang, which has not been changed even though his bones have been moved to Yilan.
View over Xinyi's older apartment buildings.
There is a trail that goes along this ridge, with well kept gardens and grass on either side.
You can see the 101 from everywhere.
Another view of the 101.
More views of Xinyi.
Retention pond and bathrooms.
Another view of the park.
Another glance at the 101.
Stone path through the park.
Best view of the 101 right here.
Another closer view.
The 101 with a tree branch.
Original Instagram post when I first visited.
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