Honeymoon in Taiwan – Chapter 14: National Palace Museum & Xi Meng Ding

Day 7 in Taipei can be considered as the last day going around in Taiwan as our flight on the following day is in the morning. So not to waste the precious time we have, we woke up very early, went out for breakfast at mcD then head on to another must visit attraction – National Palace Museum.

We were once confused by National Palace Museum and Palace Museum in China. In fact, the National Palace Museum and Palace Museum, located inside the Forbidden City in China, share the same original roots, which was split in two as a result of the Chinese Civil War.

It has a permanent collection of over 677,687 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world. The collection encompasses over 8,000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty. Most of the collection are high quality pieces collected by China’s ancient emperors. In 2009, it was the 11th most visited art museum in the world. The displays are rotated once every three months, which means only 60,000 pieces can be viewed in a year and it would take nearly 12 years to see them all. A good reason for me to re-visit Taipei again.

I was really having fun walking around and admire each piece of antique that I always see in National Geography Channel, History Channel and etc and never thought that I can now finally see the real one in Taiwan itself, not China. It’s be even better if there were less tour group going around at the same time with us. If I am given a day here, then I will be able to touring all the floors and sections. By the way, all visitors have to deposit their handphone, camera and video cam at the locker before enter the exhibiton hall that’s why I have no photo here to share with you.

I wish I could stay there longer, still, we have to make a move to Xi Men Ding, the favourite hang out spot of the youngsters in Taiwan to complete some missions.

We always thought that youngster in Taiwan always dress like Japanese, but in fact they are not. So far we only see this kind of so called la la fashion in Xi Men Ding, not other places in Taipei.

Besides clothes and fashion accessories, there are many other stuffs that you can find. For eg, this small shop that specialised in handmade umbrella only.

This stall is selling neck tie and bow tie for cats and dogs. We grabbed one for furfur.

Didn’t I mention food as well? For eg, this black sesame apam balik.

More grilled quail eggs, it is a nice food to grab while walking around but if you do not mind the high cholesterol go ahead and try it.

Oh bubble tea ya bubble tea! This is where you’re origins from so how can I miss you out? The 1st time i tried this type of drink was during my college years back in Kuching is still now ever popular in KL.

This is the shopping center that I love the most in Taiwan. They have almost everything that I want. Games, Collector item toys, food, everything that I want. The only reason i see myself flying back to Taipei again.

Needless to say, I walked away with all my favourites, a force fx lightsaber and many X-box games. It’s just too cheap till you won’t believe it. Guys, for a peaceful shopping, just let your wife sit down at any drinking place, surf net and trust me, you’ll have a big smile on your face eventually. I love Taiwan^_^


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