Join the Travel Culture to Taipei

For art enthusiasts, Taipei has one of the finest art museums in the world. Join the travel culture’s new interest in Taipei, and visit the National Palace Museum, which hosts ancient Chinese art and artifacts, as well as art from the Forbidden City. Taipei is off the beaten track, and has just recently become a destination for many cultural travelers. Known for its beauty and mystical clouds appearing and disappearing across mountains, Taipei is also known for great food, as Diane Bair and Pamela Wright attest to in the Boston Globe.

The streets of Taipei are chockablock with food stalls serving simple Taiwanese dishes for pocket change. Generally, we ate as we went, grabbing dan bing (egg pancakes), tiao (sweet fried dough), and sweet soy milk curdled with vinegar and topped with spices for breakfast….

Forget jet lag; an hour after we landed we were at Taipei’s most popular attraction, and one of the finest art museums in the world. The National Palace Museum is home to nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art and artifacts, many from the Forbidden City in Beijing, brought to Taipei by Chiang Kai-shek in 1949. We couldn’t see it all if we had several days, but we hit the highlights. The Jade Exhibit Hall contained jaw-dropping carvings, like the famous Jade Cabbage, a beautiful piece shaped like a head of bok choy. We walked through halls containing ancient bronze cauldrons, water vessels, and bells dating to the late Shang dynasty, and intricate ivory, wood, and stone sculptures and carvings from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

 

Taipei is rich with cultural experiences that are diverse and full of wonder. Join the travel culture to Taipei, and see the National Palace Museum, experience the mountains and traditional people, or eat the many dishes that Taipei is known for. Now is the time to go. Read the full article in the Boston Globe here.

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