Banyan Garden 榕園（之一）
Banyan Garden is located at the rear of Tai Lake. Its original name was Sihwong village and Fengshan village. The garden used to be the old residence of the prominent Hong family during the Ming dynasty. Although the garden village had few residents, most of them served the emperor's regime at that time, according to the old proverb "Less than a hundred village residents, more than 36 palace officials."
At the end of the Ming dynasty, Jheng Cheng-gong (Koxinga) felled trees and made boats at the expense of(5) land conservation, thus the whole village couldn't survive the attack of strong winds and was buried in the sand, except for only one house, which remains to the present time. In August of 1967 when Mr. Chiang Jing-guo, the late President of our country visited here, he considered the place shaded in green leaves of the old banyan trees to be an appropriate recreation resort. Consequently, he named the place "Banyan Garden" and renovated the only old house before he bestowed its name " Wuei Lu."
By the side of Banyan Garden is "Tai Lake", the biggest man-made fresh-water lake in Kinmen. It measures 36 hectares in area, and provides the largest single source of water supply in Kinmen. The main function of the lake is to offer water for the residents of Jinhu town. In the middle of the lake there are three islets with a pavilion on one of them. All in all, being a part of "Chiang Kai-shek Park", the lake just silhouettes the natural beauty of the entire park.