We live in Hong Kong and have traveled extensively throughout Mainland China, so we were intrigued with the collection at this museum. The National Palace Museum claims to have "a treasure trove of Chinese culture" and masterpieces. Thankfully (depending on your perspective) those artifacts were resued from the cultural revolution and are available for the world to appreciate and learn from.
We enjoyed many hours in the museum and saw so many "treasures"! We particularly enjoyed the collection of Chinese calligraphy from the Imperial libraries, and sought to secure a book with English and Chinese translations of famous Chinese poetry, but the selection was rather limited.
The museum exhibts were both in English and Chinese, but books were mostly in Chinese, which I suppose is to be expected, but was disappointing to our bilingual teenager. The Museum gift shops were top notch with a wide variety of items from touristy trappings, jadeite jewelry and replicas. Our teen found a set of silicone placemats with Chinese poems in calligraphy on each, along with historical info and translations, all stored in a case. She also purchased a silk scarf with calligraphy on it.
We could have spent many more hours at the museum, and would return for more exploration. We highly recommend it to anyone interested in Chinese culture and art.
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