National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum is an art museum in Taipei. It is the national museum of the Republic of China and has a permanent collection of over 677,687 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and artworks, making it one of the largest in the world.
Our tour guide led us to the museum and showed us some of the things in display. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures. Anyway, I found these two pictures from wikipedia.
- The "Jadeite Cabbage" is a piece of jadeite carved into the shape of a cabbage head, and with a close look at the naked eye, a large and a small grasshopper will appear camouflaged in the leaves. The ruffled semi-translucent leaves attached is due to the masterful combination of various natural colour of the jade to recreate the colour variations of a real cabbage.
- The "Meat-shaped Stone", a piece of jasper, a form of agate, the strata of which are cleverly used to create a likeness of a piece of pork cooked in soy sauce.The dyed and textured surface makes the layers of skin, lean meat, and fat materialized incredibly lifelike.
If I had a chance to go Taipei again, I would definitely want to visit this museum again.