Really nice garden and private hot springs. We first did the public hot springs cause it was dirt cheap, then did the hot springs at marshal zens to get a private hot springs experience. Really nice garden. We did the private hot springs then went upstairs for food and drinks. Nice ambiance in the tea room for snacks. Food and drinks were relatively expensive, but reasonable considering the environment. The private spa was pretty amazing. Great view overlooking some valley, with mountains in the distance. Relatively expensive based on Taipei prices, but very reasonably priced for a private room/hot spring. I highly recommend for anybody looking for a relaxing getaway. As for the service, nice people and helpful. They also have a shuttle to take you from xin bei tou to their place. We decided to walk to sightseeing, but in hindsight we should've taken their offer. The marshal zen historical information was interesting but just on the side.
We visited Marshal Zen Garden & went for afternoon tea and hot spring spa in one hot summer afternoon. It was the residence of Marshal Zen, who was locked up after WWII with his mistress, then concubine & then released in his late 90s. We all thought that it's a great place to be locked up, as the scene was incredible. The residence building was simple but elegant. The tea house was small and intimate. West style tea was served. The dinning room was empty when we visited, as dinner time had not start as yet. We looked at the menu and were amazed by the dishes of each set dinner that they offered. We wanted to stay for dinner, but they were fully booked. So reservation is highly recommended. We also booked hot spring spa, which is very nice, clean and good value for the price they charged. If it was a hotel, we would have stayed for couple of days, to get ourselves pampered in their spa and to enjoy the restaurant and tea house.
The former residence of Marshal Zhang Xueliang where he was placed under house arrest by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek after the Xian Incident of 1936 is now an upmarket restaurant. A friend recommended the place. The set lunch costs 1500 NTD plus ten. Consisting of eight courses with a mix of soup, meat, fish, organic vegetables and desert, the food is fine, well presented but not exceptional. What sets it apart is of course the beauty of the place and the vivid sense of history and pathos that anybody interested in Chinese history would feel. Had it not been for Zhang's daring act, the CCP might have been liquidated by the KMT. The place is also a celebration of love and sacrifice - Zhang's wife shared his imprisonment of 50 years. Not a grand residence, the house is well preserved. During WWII, the place was the R&R station where comfort women entertained the kamikaze pilots before their suicidal missions. All has come to pass. Now guests can enjoy a good meal, drink afternoon tea, walk in the pretty gardens, take a foot bath, or relax in the hot spring in private rooms. There is even a bus bound for the Yangming Shan National Park outside its gate. Even though access maybe a bit of a problem, visitors can book a free ride from the MRT station. We greatly enjoyed our afternoon in this place of history.
Set menus of very good food and service. Japanese style menu and nice wine list. Good views and friendly service.