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National Palace Museum, Taipei

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Home to an unsurpassed collection of Chinese artifacts and artworks, National Palace Museum preserves nearly 10,000 years of Chinese history with some items dating back to Neolithic times. Most of its 700,000 pieces--including ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, religious sculptures, jade carvings, weapons, and Qing and Ming dynasty furniture--were collected by Chinese emperors themselves. Officially founded in the Forbidden City in 1925, the museum was moved to its present building in 1965 and then expanded on several occasions due to the sheer size of the collection. Do not miss the most popular exhibits: a skillfully carved piece of jade shaped like a cabbage with two grasshoppers hiding in its leaves, a meat-shaped stone, and a bronze bell specially made for King Li of Zhou. Arrange to visit National Palace Museum and other attractions in Taipei using our Taipei trip planner.
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  • I'm sure I'm not the first to say, "We needed more time to explore!" Breathtaking art displays will keep everyone fascinated while learning about Taiwanese history. 
    I'm sure I'm not the first to say, "We needed more time to explore!" Breathtaking art displays will keep everyone fascinated while learning about Taiwanese history.  more »
  • China has a very long history, many artefacts displayed here were ancient long before Christ was born -- the oracle bones, for example. Many artefacts are quite beautiful, some require a knowledge of....  more
    China has a very long history, many artefacts displayed here were ancient long before Christ was born -- the oracle bones, for example. Many artefacts are quite beautiful, some require a knowledge of....  more »
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  • We visited Taiwan for the first time. We loved the country and the people. This museum was one of the highlights of our trip. We had the chance to see 2500 years old exhibits and to better understand the history of this side of the world. We continued our visit to the museum with a long walk in the park and gardens close by the museum. We visited in October, the weather was very nice and the numbers of tourists wasn’t high at all. This was another enjoyable part of our trip.
  • Incredible collection but unfortunately the museum itself does not do the collection justice. Taiwan is a wealthy country and possesses many of the great treasures of Chinese history and culture. They should hire better people (professional curators, translators, etc.) to make this the world-class museum it could and should be.

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