National Palace Museum
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Considered by many a must-visit, this museum is home to what could quite easily be termed the world's largest and finest collection of Chinese art. This vast collection (much of it liberated from mainland China during the last retreat of the KMT) is far too large to exhibit at any given time, so most of the museum's treasures are on rotation.
Among the treasures to be seen 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 artefacts 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 (NT$200).
To reach the museum, take the MRT to Shilin, exit to Zhongzheng Rd (north exit), and catch bus 304, 255, red 30, minibus 18 or 19 or culture bus 101.