Monday, January 23, 2012

the last day of 2011...

I didn't just spend New Year's Eve eating and shopping, I also soaked up some culture by visiting the National Palace Museum. This museum has a permanent collection of over 670,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts making it one of the biggest in the world. Displays are rotated every three months which means in one year you can see up to 60,000 pieces. Even then it would take up to 12 years to view the entire collection. I started the visit full of enthusiasm because it's pretty interesting to know that such a huge piece of Chinese history was contained in this one building. Visitors are not allowed to take pictures but that didn't stop me at all. Most exhibits didn't even have visitors or people patrolling the place, enforcing the rules. One of the most famous pieces at the museum is the Jadeite Cabbage which is famous because the artist was able to use the discoloration and impurities of the jadeite to form a very realistic cabbage. A lot of people were always next to the display so I couldn't take a picture. I had the feeling that I would be reprimanded by the other visitors if I tried to take a picture. In Europe when I sneakily took pictures, other tourists just followed suit. Lol.

national palace museum
an agreement between president roosevelt and the president of china
a pagoda made of ivory
It was interesting to see scanned documents between different countries and China. The ones between America and China were interesting to look at because they detailed all these different treaties and agreements between the two countries and because I could actually read them! The pagoda was super cool because of the exquisite details. On each floor of the pagoda you can see a face of a monk sitting inside, each with a different facial expression!

The Details
National Palace Museum
Open Daily 8:30-18:30 Extended Hours on Sat 18:30-20:30 (free admission)
Admission: $160 NT, $80 NT during off-peak hours 4:30-6:30pm M-F

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