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National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum is different from the Place Museum in Beijing. It is an ancient museum in Taipei. Having collected over 696,000 pieces of Chinese ancient imperial relics and artworks from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty, it is one of the national museums in China and the largest museums in the world. Most of the collections are of high quality and value.


Taipei National Palace Museum shares the same roots with the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in Beijing. During the civil war, China was divided into two parts, hence they were parted. In 1931, Japan launched the Mukden Incident and occupied northeast China, so the government started to plan to ship the artifacts south. Since the situation in the north getting more and more worse, more and more artifacts are being transferred to Nanjing and Shanghai. In 1945, after the victory of Anti Japanese War, the treasures were shipped to Chongqing. While with break of the Chinese Civil War, many of them were being transferred to Taiwan. After the foundation of the Republic of China, the government counts the relics and established the Management Office to protect them. 


The meat shaped stone, jade cabbage and Maogong Ding are the most valuable collections of the National Palace Museum. Each of them is the one and only exist in the world.


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