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National Palace Museum, Shilin

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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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  • Beautiful palace to take pictures. There's nothing special inside, you don't have to go in. Who visited Gougon before him in Beijing or other Chinese museums, those will not be interesting.
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  • The 10-year old kid wasn't interested in going to the museum at first and requested that we spend no more than an hour in the museum. However, after we started, she didn't request to leave until she's...  more »
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  • Better conservation work than in most European museums. Beautifully exhibited but it gets a lot of visitors so you might have to do it out of order to get ahead of the big crowds. It's 3 floors with around 10 exhibits per floor (give or take) so give your visit a good 3-4 hours. You can get an audio guide but all the captions in the Exhibits are in Chinese and English
  • Excellent exhibition. But little bit noisy due to too many tourist. After 16:30, Taiwan local people can enjoy free entrance. Need ID
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