Zhongzheng District is an area in Taiwan’s capital Taipei and home to the majority of the Republic of China’s national government buildings. Zhongzheng District is named after late President Chiang Kai-shek, also fondly known as Jiang Zhongzheng, who served the Republic between 1928 and 1975.
Many of the District’s attractions portray a fascinating tale, including the sumptuous Baroque-style National Taiwan Museum founded in 1908.Together with the Taipei Guest House, known as “most grateful residence house of Taiwan”, it regularly hosts state banquets in honour of its distinguished guests, as well as the Presidential Office Building that boasts 300 rooms and ten entrances. Not to be outdone in its architectural splendour, the Shin Kong Life Tower is 51 floors and 245 metres of rose-coloured skyscraper consisting of office and department stores, with a stunning observatory which occupies the building’s 46th floor. Scattered throughout the District are several local bazaars and markets selling colourful and traditional produce.
The Zhongzheng District has excellent transportation links and is home to Taipei’s Main Station which is served by both bus and rail. It is a major stop on Taiwan’s Railway Western Line, and the northern terminus of the Taiwan High-Speed Rail.
Taipei was established in 1895 after the Empire of Japan succeeded the area in the first Sino-Japanese War. Although many of the original buildings were demolished at that stage, the District still emanates a definitive mix of Chinese and Japanese influence.