To the north of Taipei is a scenic building with spaces available for artistic and cultural events to rent out. For a fee, you can arrange to get your wedding photos taken here too. From the outside the official English name of this place, the “Grass Mountain Chateau”, may seem a bit overwrought. You certainly won’t find any of the stone towers or vineyards you’d associate with a chateau here. But while low-key, this building is in one of Taiwan’s most beautiful spots, on the misty and hot spring-filled flanks of Yangming Mountain. And while there are few signs of it today, the chateau was once deemed fit for royalty, and has hosted some of the most important figures of Taiwan’s modern history. Here w to discuss the chateau and its important guests is Lu Kuo-bin, the site’s director.