An oasis in the city, this 8-hectare park has well-stocked greenhouses, literature- and Chinese-zodiac-themed gardens, a lotus pond and myriad lanes where you can lose yourself in quiet contemplation. The gardens were established by the Japanese in 1921 and are part of a larger neighbourhood that maintains an old Taipei feel. Within the park look for the Qing administrative office, built in 1888, and a herbarium from 1924.

On Nanhai Rd check out the Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, built in 1909, the National 2-28 Memorial Museum, 1931, and the buildings associated with the National Museum of History and the adjacent Nanhai Academy.