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National Palace Museum

Those who want to soak up some Chinese culture in serious style will be awed by the vast collection of ancient artefacts and artwork at Taipei's National Palace Museum. The collection forms the bulk of what was once on display at the Forbidden City in Beijing, moved to Taipei as a result of the Chinese Civil War. Recently re-opened after extensive renovations, the museum houses some world-famous exhibits like the 'Jade Cabbage' (a piece of jade carved to resemble a cabbage head), and a valuable copy of the Qingming Scroll.

Information & Facts

Address

221 Chih-shan Road, Sec. 2, Shih-lin

Admission

NT$160, concessions available

Language

Mandarin is the official language of Taiwan, but Taiwanese is often spoken and English is generally understood.

Money

Taiwan's currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (TWD), which is divided into 100 cents. Foreign currencies and travellers cheques (American Express, Citibank or Thomas Cook) can be exchanged at government-designated banks and hotels. Receipts are given when currency is exchanged, and must be presented in order to exchange unused NT dollars before departure. Major credit cards such as American Express, Master Card, Visa, and Diners Club are accepted. Banks are open Monday to Friday. US dollars are the preferred currency. ATMs are plentiful but not all accept international bank cards.

Opening Times

Daily 9am to 5pm. Free guided tours in English at 10am and 3pm daily

Time

Local time is GMT +8.

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