National Palace Museum and parks

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Plaza in front of the Palace Museum, the main building is in the background to the right, more buildings are in behind the arch and to the left.
One of the must-see's in Taipei is the National Palace Museum. This museum has great pieces of art from China's long history collected by the emporers. Some of the treasures are still in the palace museum in Beijing, but many top pieces are in Taipei, having been evacuated from the mainland in 1949. The museum has grown a lot since I lived in Taiwan, the main building is currently under renovation. And there are several additional buildings housing exhibits and administration. The museum itself is modeled after traditional Chinese palaces, with green tile roofs and cream yellow walls. There are two Chinese style gardens next to the museum which are also nice places to visit. The first garden is smaller, located on a side street just before you get to the museum, it has many lotus and water lillies.
A gate inside the Chih-Shan Garden.
This is good for at least half an hour of walking and looking. The second park, situated to the right of the entrance to the museum, is larger, with more ponds, paths, pavillions. It would probably take about 1 hour to walk and look at this garden leisurely.

As for the museum, you can spend all day or several days here. I only spend one afternoon, first taking advantage of the free museum docent tour to see the highlights of the Exhibit building 2. Then walked through the building again myself. I had barely enough time to walk through the other Exhibit building 1, showing a famous collector's personal collection of buddism related statues, and there were A LOT of them, from all different countries in Asia.
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Plaza in front of the Palace Museu…
Plaza in front of the Palace Muse…
A gate inside the Chih-Shan Garden.
A gate inside the Chih-Shan Garden.
The huge sleeping lilly pads in Ch…
The huge sleeping lilly pads in C…
A page of 15th century buddhism ma…
A page of 15th century buddhism m…
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