Day 2: Taipei

National Palace of Taiwan, Taipei

The National Palace was never a palace, ie., no emperor or head of state ever lived there. It was designed specifically to be a museum, to display the nearly 680,000 artifacts once housed in the Forbidden City in Beijing. According to Wikipedia, about 15,000 pieces are displayed at any one time, and the display rotates four times a year, so it takes over 11 years to see the entire collection.

The palace has a beautiful traditional facade but is actually built into the mountain behind it.

Wei at the gate to the National Palace

That evening we returned to Chung-shan Park to view the Taipei Lantern Festival. The actual date of the Lantern Festival wasn’t until Monday—the first full moon of the New Year—but the city had events going on all weekend. In front of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial, scores of lanterns were on display. These were custom-made by local schools and groups in the shape of famous landmarks, animals, and Chinese mythological figures.

Taipei Lantern Festival 2012

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About sinestor

Originally from Los Angeles/Long Beach, California, I'm currently spending a year exploring the amazing world known as China. My main website is Every Day's a Holiday.

One comment

  1. gailn

    Love those lanterns! Just today I figured out how to view this great website of yours. I gave Agnes the website address because she wants to see it. Agnes, Grandma, Grandpa and Jean loved the lantern video and they send their love. Me too.

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