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Taipei City Adventure

National Palace Museum & Jingmei

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The National Palace Museum in Taipei should not be mistaken as a royal palace building turned into a palace museum for visitors both locals and international tourists admirations and learning experience. This version of palace museum was in fact a museum which displays the artefacts from Beijing under the administration of Kuomintang. As Kuomintang was losing its influence in Beijing, its leader, Chiang Kai Shek was worried that these invaluable artefacts would fall in the hands of the communists rule. To avoid such precious artefacts from being taken away by the communists regime, Chiang Kai Shek who escaped to Taiwan after the defeat of Kuomintang to the communists took together with him these artefacts in which they are now being kept here at the National Palace Museum today as an education centre on Chinese treasures dated during the several dynasties in China . I did not actually entered the exhibition halls to check out those artefacts not that I was not interested with such great items but perhaps I was not a big fan of it either, so I decided to give it a skip. But taking a tour around the museum's sizeable territory can be very interesting by itself. The museum building was being designed and built to match its name "National Palace Museum" where the architecture and layout of the building resembled the royal palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing albeit a smaller version in comparison with the one in China. I enjoy taking a slow tour just to experience such nice buildings in particular those that were rich in history and great stories. Though the National Palace Museum in Taipei was not exactly a palace building that came with it historic values, the fact that it was modelled over the Forbidden City palace was enough to gain my attention to its beautiful architecture. Its not difficult to get to National Palace Museum. First, take the Taipei Metro to Shilin Station. Exit the station at Exit 1 and walk straight until reaching the main road before turning right where there was a bus stop for bus to the museum with bus number 304 or 255.

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The exit information at the Taipei Metro Shilin Station

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Exit 1 at Shilin Station and walk straight before turning right to board a bus to National Palace Museum

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Inside the bus to National Palace Museum from Taipei Metro Shilin Station

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The staircase to the main arch of National Palace Museum

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A directory map of National Palace Museum

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The main arch of the National Palace Museum

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The main exhibition hall of National Palace Museum from afar

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The National Palace Museum was surrounded with lush greeneries with beautiful green hills background

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One of the outdoor decorations at National Palace Museum

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The wide and long walkways leading to the main exhibition hall @ National Palace Museum

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The staircase leading up to the main exhibition hall @ National Palace Museum

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A view from the higher level at the main exhibition hall area @ National Palace Museum

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The administration building and Exhibition Hall 2 @ National Palace Museum

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Another view of the administration building and Exhibition Hall 2 @ National Palace Museum

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A view from the main exhibition hall area @ National Palace Museum

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The main exhibition hall of National Palace Museum

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The concourse at the main exhibition hall area @ National Palace Museum

THE MAIN EXHIBITION HALL BUILDING @ NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
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The lush greeneries surrounding the side walkways @ National Palace Museum

From National Palace Museum, I took a short trip to Jingmei, a small town which was not exactly a tourist spot and accessible by Taipei Metro Jingmei Station. There was nothing much to do here but just a stop for a visit to Jingmei Jiying Temple, a noodle lunch trip, sample Taiwanese pancakes and bubble tea and a stroll along the Jingmei fresh market. Jingmei was located within the Wenshan District, an area which was covered by massive tea plantations.

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Arriving at Jingmei through Taipei Metro

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Jingmei fresh market

JINGMEI JIYING TEMPLE
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Enjoying Taiwanese pancake in Jingmei

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A bowl of hot noodle in Jingmei for lunch

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The clean and organised Jingmei in Wenshan District

Posted by kidd27 10:28 Archived in Taiwan

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