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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 NT$2,954
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 mi (3 km). Jiannan Road Station is 26 minutes by foot and Shilin Station is 27 minutes.

    The Grand Hotel NT$2,710
    The Grand Hotel

    The Grand Hotel

    1 Zhongshan N Road Sec 4, Zhongshang District, Taipei
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Taipei hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and Taipei Fine Arts Museum. Shilin Night Market and Taipei Confucius Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jiantan Station is 12 minutes by foot and Yuanshan Station is 15 minutes.

      Noble Hotel NT$1,628
      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 mi (3 km) of Tianmu Baseball Stadium, Shilin Night Market, and National Palace Museum. Taipei Sogo and Taipei Veterans General Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km). Zhishan Station is 16 minutes by foot and Mingde Station is 18 minutes.

        Renaissance Taipei Shihlin Hotel NT$4,156
        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.

          Taipei Marriott Hotel NT$5,400
          Taipei Marriott Hotel

          Taipei Marriott Hotel

          No. 199 Lequn 2nd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Miramar Entertainment Park and Miramar Ferris Wheel. National Palace Museum and Raohe Street Night Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jiannan Road Station is 10 minutes by foot and Xihu Station is 13 minutes.

            Beauty Hotels - Beautique Hotel NT$1,299
            Beauty Hotels - Beautique Hotel

            Beauty Hotels - Beautique Hotel

            No 14 Lane 38, Tianyu Street, Shihlin District, Taipei
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Shilin, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Taipei Veterans General Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shilin Night Market and National Palace Museum. Beitou Hot Springs Park and Beitou Hot Springs Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shipai Station is 24 minutes by foot and Mingde Station is 26 minutes.

              Dandy Hotel Tianmu Branch NT$1,469
              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 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Tianmu Baseball Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shilin Night Market and National Palace Museum. Beitou Hot Springs Park and Beitou Hot Springs Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Mingde Station is 18 minutes by foot and Shipai Station is 20 minutes.

                Grand Victoria Hotel NT$5,100
                Grand Victoria Hotel

                Grand Victoria Hotel

                168 Jingye 4th Road, Taipei
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zhongshan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Miramar Entertainment Park and Miramar Ferris Wheel. National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). Jiannan Road Station is 5 minutes by foot and Xihu Station is 12 minutes.