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.
This temple faces directly opposite the dragon and tiger pagodas.
view of the pagodas from afar
front view of the pagodas
the entrance at the dragon's mouth
the exit at the tiger's mouth
Our tour guide told us to enter the dragon's mouth and come out from the tiger's mouth. Instead, we entered the dragon's mouth and climbed up its pagoda. Initially, I just climbed up the first floor but I couldn't get a good view from there. So, I climbed further up and I was glad that I did it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have witnessed such beautiful view from atop.
view fr the top front of the dragon's pagoda
view from the top right side of the dragon's pagoda
Finally, we hurriedly ran down the steps of the pagoda. When we exited from the tiger's mouth, our tour guide was already waiting and asked jokingly, "Did I ask you to climb up?"