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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 CA $136
Yusense Hotel

Yusense Hotel

No.55 Section 2 Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Shilin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chinese Culture and Movie Center and National Palace Museum. Shilin Night Market and Miramar Ferris Wheel are also within 2 miles (3 km). Jiannan Road Station is 26 minutes by foot and Shilin Station is 27 minutes.

    Renaissance Taipei Shihlin Hotel CA $214
    Renaissance Taipei Shihlin Hotel

    Renaissance Taipei Shihlin Hotel

    No 8 Ln 470, Section 5, Zhongshan North Rd, Shilin, Taipei
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Shilin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shilin Residence and Shilin Night Market. National Palace Museum and Taipei Fine Arts Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shilin Station is 8 minutes by foot and Jiantan Station is 15 minutes.

      Hotel Indigo Taipei North (opening on Jan 1 2020) CA $145
      Hotel Indigo Taipei North (opening on Jan 1 2020)

      Hotel Indigo Taipei North (opening on Jan 1 2020)

      NO. 200, ZHIFU RD., ZHONGSHAN DISTRICT, Taipei
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zhongshan, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Miramar Ferris Wheel, and within 3 mi (5 km) of National Palace Museum and Dajia Riverside Park. Shilin Night Market and Taipei 101 are also within 6 mi (10 km). Jiannan Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Xihu Station is 12 minutes.

        Noble Hotel CA $63
        Noble Hotel

        Noble Hotel

        No.12-1, Ln. 21, Sec. 2, Zhongcheng Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Taipei Sogo, Shilin Night Market and National Palace Museum. Taipei Veterans General Hospital is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Zhishan Station is 16 minutes by foot and Mingde Station is 18 minutes.

          Dandy Hotel Tianmu Branch CA $71
          Dandy Hotel Tianmu Branch

          Dandy Hotel Tianmu Branch

          No.2, Ln. 728, Sec. 6, Zhongshan N. Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Shilin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Sogo and Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Shilin Night Market and National Palace Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km). Mingde Station is 18 minutes by foot and Shipai Station is 20 minutes.

            Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi CA $92
            Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

            Wego Boutique Hotel-Dazhi

            No. 11, Jingye 3rd Rd., Zhongshan Dist, Taipei
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Zhongshan, this boutique motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Miramar Ferris Wheel, National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Xingtian Temple and National Taipei University are also within 3 miles (5 km). Jiannan Road Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dazhi Station is 16 minutes.

              Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei CA $248
              Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

              Grand Mayfull Hotel Taipei

              No.55, Lequn 2nd Road, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Miramar Ferris Wheel and Miramar Entertainment Park. Lin An Tai Ancestral House and Xinsheng Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jiannan Road Station is 8 minutes by foot and Dazhi Station is 10 minutes.

                Bellezza Taipei Hotel CA $124
                Bellezza Taipei Hotel

                Bellezza Taipei Hotel

                No.123, Lecyun 3rd Rd., Zhongshan District, Taipei
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zhongshan, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Miramar Ferris Wheel, National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market. Xingtian Temple and National Taipei University are also within 3 miles (5 km). Jiannan Road Station is 5 minutes by foot and Dazhi Station is 13 minutes.