National Palace Museum
During the Chinese Civil War, the Kuomintang (National Party) shipped artifacts from Beijing to Taiwan during their retreat, probably saving them from destruction in the Cultural Revolution. Today, the National Palace Museum has what is quite possibly the best collection of Chinese art in the world.
Among the treasures on rotation at the National Palace Museum are painting, calligraphy, statues and ceramic and jade. Some pieces date back thousands of years into Chinese history and even prehistory. The museum also has an amazing collection of Buddhist artifacts inherited from the Forbidden City. Some of the most popular items are always on display - check with the front desk to find out where they are during your visit.
The museum offers free guided tours in English at 10am and 3pm. Tour contents vary with each guide, but all offer a good overview. If you prefer to move about at your own pace, there's an English headphone guide (NT200).
Admission: NTD $160, NTD $80 for guests visiting during off-peak hours (4:30 p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.) between Mon to Fri (public holidays excluded).
Opening Hours: Daily, 08:30 to 18:30
Getting There: Take the Danshui MRT Line to Shinlin Station and then the Red 30 bus to the museum.