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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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  • Visit on a work trip. When I got off the minibus, I was told that the backpack was forbidden from the guide, and I opened the trunk which I had piled behind in a hurry and put out another back. The information is just in case.
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  • I will not get into politics; I will not discuss if the origin of this museum is correct or not. This museum is a must visit. Please spend at least three hours and learn about Chinese culture and its ...  more »
  • The purpose of Taipei is the Palace Museum. That's all because I watch it in Beijing. There is something to be seen in pottery and sculpture. However, jadeite Chinese cabbage and meat shaped stone are absent. Is it good because the Chinese cabbage was seen in Tokyo?
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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
  • A lot of ancient Chinese treasures to see and you might just learn a thing or two about China. Allow at least 3 hours to enjoy the exhibits. Can be very crowded on weekends. Buses are available every 5 minutes or so from the Shilin Subway Station. Takes no more than 10 minutes to get there. Bus stop is only 200 feet from Exit 1 of the station.
  • I really enjoyed my visit here, it's very convenient to get here, the place was clean, staff was super helpful and the whole process to enter flows very fast. There are restaurants in this place, although I do think the price for the food is a bit too much for the quality, it is convenient, you can leave the galleries, go have lunch and go back inside
  • It's a very spacious museum with many interesting exhibits. Try to get there early since it can be very crowded with tour groups later in the day. Getting there on public bus is a breeze.
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