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National Palace Museum

Once kept for the solitary enjoyment of emperors, today the world’s largest collection of Chinese antiquities and treasures can be enjoyed by all.

Visit the National Palace Museum to see one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese art and artifacts, spanning 8,000 years of multiple dynasties. The museum was created in 1925, just 13 years after the establishment of the Republic of China.  

Follow China's history chronologically through exhibits from the Chinese Neolithic culture of 4500 to 2700 B.C., to the 20th century. Examine Chinese bronzes and jades and learn about the history of Chinese ceramics and pottery. Admire paintings from the Tang dynasty, calligraphy from the Chin dynasty, rare books from the Sung dynasty and documents from the Ch' ing dynasty.

A favorite exhibit is that of the incredible carvings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Don’t miss the carving inside a walnut shell, which is best viewed through a magnifying lens, or the boat carved from a tiny olive stone. From lacquerware and musical instruments, to pocket watches and glassware, the museum’s collection is so vast that the exhibits are in constant rotation. 

Take a break and enjoy dim sum or sip Chinese tea in the Sanxitang Teahouse. the museum also has two cafés and a restaurant. If you are visiting on the weekends, enjoy the free traditional music. 

The museum emphasizes learning and hosts weekly events, discussions and art performances. There are storytelling activities, an educational children’s garden, family activities and an e-learning resource. Attend a workshop on Chinese calligraphy or a class on Chinese art history and aesthetics. You can reach the National Palace Museum by bus and train.

Opening hours vary depending on the exhibition, so call ahead if there is something specific you wish to see. Arrive early to avoid tour bus crowds. Personal and audio-guided tours in English are also available. There are admission discounts for students, children and people with disabilities. Note that taking photographs and videos is prohibited in the exhibition halls.


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Yusense Hotel
Yusense Hotel

Yusense Hotel

No.55 Section 2 Zhishan Road, Taipei
     
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    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum, Shilin Night Market, and Taipei Confucius Temple. Taipei Sogo and Taipei Astronomical Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei
    Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

    Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

    No.55, Lequn 2nd Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei
       
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      Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Miramar Entertainment Park and Miramar Ferris Wheel. Lin An Tai Ancestral House and Xinsheng Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Noble Hotel
      Noble Hotel

      Noble Hotel

      No.12-1, Ln. 21, Sec. 2, Zhongcheng Rd., Taipei
         
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        Situated in a regional park, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Taipei Sogo and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Taipei Astronomical Museum and Chinese Culture University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi
        Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

        Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

        No. 11, Jingye 3rd Rd., Zhongshan Dist, Taipei
           
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          Located in Zhongshan, this boutique motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Miramar Entertainment Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Ferris Wheel and Dajia Riverside Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Bellezza Taipei Hotel
          Bellezza Taipei Hotel

          Bellezza Taipei Hotel

          No.123, Lecyun 3rd Rd., Taipei
             
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            Located in Zhongshan, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Miramar Entertainment Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Ferris Wheel and Dajia Riverside Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Grand Victoria Hotel
            Grand Victoria Hotel

            Grand Victoria Hotel

            168 Jingye 4th Road, Taipei
               
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              Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Miramar Ferris Wheel and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Entertainment Park and Dajia Riverside Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              SATO Castle
              SATO Castle

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                Located in Zhongshan, this spa motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Miramar Entertainment Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Miramar Ferris Wheel and Dajia Riverside Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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