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    National Palace Museum

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 18, 2014

    You can experience the actual imperial palace in The Forbidden City of Beijing in the mainland China and see the largest collection of the Chinese Imperial artifacts and artworks, including ceramics, bronzes, jade, sculptures and calligraphy, in Taipei Taiwan. The most frequently asked questions on the topic is why are the most valuable artifacts and artworks are in Taipei not in Beijing?

    The answer to the question largely relates to the Chinese Civil War in 1948. The thoughtful of Chiang Kai-shek's decision to evacuate the valuable artifacts and artworks to Taiwan during the fight between the Communist and the Nationalist. The Palace Museum and other five institutions decided to move the most valuable items to Taiwan under the leadership of Hang Li-wu, the museum director at the time. He supervised the transport of some of the collection in 3 groups from Nanjing to the harbor in Keelung, north of Taiwan between December 1948 to February 1949. In 1949, the communist had already seized control of the Palace Museum and unable to move all the collections to Taiwan. The Nationalist managed to move 2,972 crates of artifacts and artworks from the Forbidden City to Taiwan. Among them are the very best collection of the Palace Museum.

    There is always an argument between Taiwan and the mainland regard the ownership of these valuable artifacts and artworks. The communist Chinese from mainland argued that the nationalist government of Taiwan had stolen the items from the original Forbidden City in Beijing. On the other hand, the nationalist of Taiwan said that they saved the precious Chinese historical artifacts and artworks that could be destroyed by the communist party during the Chinese revolution. In the modern era of China, both Taiwan and Mainland had no more argument of the belonging of these historical pieces, but to believe the China's cultural heritage belongs to the people across the Taiwan Strait.

    Visiting the National Palace Museum is like traveling to the ancient China from the Neolithic age (ca.6200 - 1600 B.C.E) all the way to Qing dynasty (618-907 C.E). The collection of about 690,000 ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork is the one of the top five museums in the world. The Jadeite Cabbage with insects is the most popular item in the museum, which need a bit of passion to wait for your turn to see the artwork.

    We were following a free English Guided Tours at 15:00. There is an English guided tour two times a day, 10:00 and 15:00. You need to sign up the tour beforehand. They can only accept maximum 30 participants each tour. Camera is not allowed inside the museum!

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    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 7, 2013

    As museum is very large its recommendable to visit it by professional guide
    The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures, one which spans China's nearly 5,000-year history. Most of the museum's 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000 years ago in the early Song dynasty.

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    Chinese Culture Taipei

    by limkahwan Updated Apr 2, 2013

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    Some people says Taipei is not a very special place to visit. And some say, whao! it's so beautiful. Then we ask our-self, what is that they want to see and discover? As a traveler, I think each individual has his or her own interest and desire. To me Taiwan is a country which has done plenty for tourists, and they are still trying their very best to make it better. To preserve, conserve and open up new area of interest, history and introduce to the outside world. Making others know that they have done their part as well. Every country has its own unique cultures, histories, arts and so on and Taiwan is definitely proud that they have done their duty too.....FOR THE PASSED. I have visited many countries but Taiwan is the only country that I have see so many shops in all their cities and towns., e.g T'ai chung, T'ainan, Kaohsiung, Changhua, etc...etc.

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    by Ellemi Written Feb 9, 2012

    Stately monument with elegant interiors. For art aficionados with interest in ceramics and Chinese history, this is definitely worth a visit. Do rent an audio guide, which will aid you in getting oriented on their different levels. The staff we encountered were friendly and spoke English well. There is a mammoth souvenir shop on the first floor, if you are looking to buy keepsakes back, with miniatures of their more famous exhibits.

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    Don't miss the miniatures

    by xaver Written Oct 17, 2011

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    The museum itself is a very nice building out of the town where you can easily spend a few hours.
    There are various collections such as ceramics, books, documents, paintings, bronzes and jades, of all the mentioned, the ones I really enjoyed were the jades and, particulary the miniatures, really small sculptures that you must watch with lens to enjoy.
    The only pity is that the museum is really overcrwded by groups of Chinese coming from the mainland and it can take a long time before you can see the main jewels.
    The main building exibitions are opened every day from 8.30 untill 6.30 pm and the ticket price is 160 yuan (about 4 euro).

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    by rkearns Updated Jan 9, 2011

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    It has a good collection of paintings, calligraphy, bronze vessels, scrolls, daggers, jade, stone and pottery dating from (1000 yrs.??) way before C.E.

    Take the MRT red line (Danshui) to Shilin station and grab a cab (pretty cheap...$2 or so) or take bus B13 to the National Palace Museum (about a dollar)

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    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 13, 2009

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    The single best sight in Taipei is the National Palace Museum. When the nationalist government of Chiang Kei-shek fled Mainland China they brought the antiquities collection of the Forbidden City with them (stole per the mainland belief). This museum the former palace of CKS now houses this collection.

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    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 2, 2009

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    The National Palace Museum was originally founded in 1925 in the Forbidden City in Peking, which explains why the world “Palace” is used in its name. In the beginning of 1931 the collection was crated and moved into the hinterland of China to avoid the ravages of the impending Sino-Japanese War. In 1949 with civil war raging between the Nationalists and Communists the government shipped some 600.000 treasured works of art to Taiwan. In 1965 the collection was moved to its present home in the Wai-Shuang-Hsi Area of Shih-lin in Taipei.
    Today it is one of the finest collections of Chinese Art and Culture in the World. And me visiting this museum explains why nothing is left in the Forbidden City in Beijing – A MUST see when in Taipei!

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    by listenandlearn Written Mar 14, 2009

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    There are so many interesting & unique arts & crafts showned at these museum. Some to name a few were The New Era of Ornamentation. The imperial workshop of the early Ming - abt. year 1300 - to about 1521.It is said that the household items were specially produced for the Mind Imperial court. In a separate section, you will also find the Treasures from an Age of Prosperity. If the history is acquirate the Reigns of Emperors K'ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch'ien-lung. from about year 1662 till about 1795. From the history displayed at one of the doors it claims that Ch'ing Empire happens to be the last succeding sovereignity in the long legacy of Chinese imperial dynasties. At the same time of these era, was the irrepressible progress in Western technology & civilization. Then there is also the contest of craft. During the era of Ming Dynasty's Chia-ching to Ch'ung-chen, about the year of 1522 till about 1644.
    The Dynasty of Ming was a time of expanding freedom on many fronts. The material economy improved very much with the ordinary citizens' influence rising in their own society together with the status of craftsmen.

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    by deeper_blue Written Sep 16, 2008

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    For an insight of Chinese artwork and culture, go to the National Palace museum located near Shilin. You can see over 700,000 examples of paintings, calligrapy, jade and many more uniquely Chinese works. Controversially taken from the Mainland in the 1940's to rescue many of them from destruction. The museum makes an interesting day out for those interested in Asian art. The museum itself is located near Yangmin Mountain, and the views are great.

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    by salisbury3933 Written Apr 23, 2008

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    Plenty of Chinese Treasures here, mostly brought to Taiwan by the KMT during their retreat from China during the civil war.

    There is a free English tour twice a day, which I would recommend.

    There's quite a variety of sculptures, paintings, ceramics and calligraphy.

    Nice grounds as well.

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    by yukisanto Written Apr 2, 2008

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    Don't confuse this with the more famous palace museum. This is a much smaller museum with more localised and contemporary stuff. When I was there, the special exhibition area was focused on baseball history in Taiwan, and the second floor had a photography exhibition, as well as exhibits on the ecology system in Taiwan.

    Opens from 10 -5pm; Closed on Mons. Admission fee: NT20.
    Located in the 228 Memorial Park. You can take subway till NTU Hospital station, which gets you to the park and the back of the museum (5min walk) or to Taipei Main Station, where you get out from the mitsukoshi building exit and walk down the street beside it (with the mitsukoshi on your left and macdonalds on you right - 10 min walk) to reach the main entrance.

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    by aukahkay Written Dec 14, 2007

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    The National Palace Museum was originally founded in 1925 in the Forbidden City in Beijing. In 1931, the collection was crated and moved into the hinterland of China to the ravages of the Sino-Japanese War. In 1949, the civil war between the Nationalist and the Communist forces resulted in the shipping of 600,000 treasured objects of art to Taiwan and stored in various places. It was not until in 1965 when the collection was moved to their present location in Shilin district of Taipei.

    The Museum has 650,000 pieces, making it the finest collection of Chinese art and culture in the world. Exhibits are rotated and changed every 3 months.

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    One of the great museums of the world.

    by iwys Updated May 4, 2007

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    The National Palace Museum is one of the greatest museums in the whole world. When the Japanese army invaded China in the 1930s and the communists started the revolution in the 1940s, all of the great treasures of China were moved around the country until, eventually they were shipped across to this museum in Taipei in 1948.

    My favourite exhibit was an entire folding screen made of jade. There are also 13th century BC oracle bones, 4th century AD calligraphy and beautiful sketches of fruit and birds by 15th century, Ming master, Shen Chou.

    The museum is open from 9a.m. to 5p.m. every day, except Sunday.

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    by chewy3326 Written Aug 16, 2006

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    China is widely considered the oldest continuous civilization on earth today. From it's start on the loess plains of the Huang He over 4,000 years ago, China developed into a great civilization, boasting some of the most important inventions in history (the magnetic compass, paper, printing press, and gunpowder). The National Palace Museum's extensive exhibits cover China's history from the beginning of the Neolithic Age.

    If you are touring the museum, you should start at the third floor and work your way down. The first exhibits begin with the stone and jade objects of the early Chinese. Continuing, there are exhibitions on the bronze and jade of the first Chinese dynasties (Xia, Shang, and Zhou), which began around 3600 years ago. The next exhibit has bronze from the Qin and Han Dynasties, a 400-year period which ended 220 AD. The second floor is even more interesting and shows the further development of the Chinese. The second floor covers everything from 220 AD to 1911, the founding of the Republic (which includes the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties). Especially interesting (and absolutely not to be missed) are the Jade Cabbage, a tiny boat with people carved in it, the painted standing lady, and a carved ball of ivory with 17 layers.

    The jade cabbage (rubaitsai) is (in my opinion) the most impressive part of the museum's collection; it is a piece of jade carved into the shape of a cabbage, with two auspicious insects on it (it looks better than it sounds). There's also a very ornamental ball of ivory which has 16 more balls of ivory carved within it.

    Later exhibits include porcelain and the influence of Western art on Qing porcelain. On the first floor are exhibits on Buddhism, Buddhist statues, an exhibit on rare books, and an exhibit on the Chinese perception of Taiwan's aboriginals during the Qing Dynasty.

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