The Botanical Garden is located in the hart of Taipei, not far from the Main Station. The best way to get there is to get off at the MRT Xiaonanmen 小南門 and take exit 3. There is no parking space around the park, so public transport is the best way to get there. There is also a UBike station nearby. The park is open daily from 5:30 a.m. till 10 p.m.
The history of the garden goes back to 1896, where during the Japanese Colonial times a nursery was established, which later in 1921 was renamed and became the first botanical garden in Taiwan.
The territory of the park is also an important archaeological site. Around 4,500 years ago the old Taipei Lake attracted first inhabitants, giving the beginning to first human activities in the region.
For those who except from botany are also interested in history, there are two important sides – the Herbarium and Museum of Imperial Envoy Lodging.
A stroll through the garden is very relaxing, allows for escaping from the city’s noise and pollution. There are interesting plants to see all year long. The schedule of the blossom of various species is available at the park’s website.
In my opinion the most exciting part of the garden is the Lotus Pond. In late June when the lotus flowers begin to bloom the view is utterly breathtaking.