03 Nov 2018

Back in Taipei

Historic buildings with impressive artifacts

We left Penghu just as the storm was calming down - takeoff from the airport was pretty bumpy, and the flight was full, but it was a quick 1.5 hour flight back into Taipei. The next day we got to visit the National Palace Museum of Taipei. Apart from the intrinsic value of the objects in this museum, many artifacts have some amazing history of escaping imperial China.

Taken from Wikipedia:

“The Chinese Civil War resumed following the surrender of the Japanese, ultimately resulting in Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s decision to evacuate the arts to Taiwan, which had been handed over to the ROC in 1945. When the fighting worsened in 1948 between the Communist and Nationalist armies, the National Beijing Palace Museum and other five institutions made the decision to send some of the most prized items to Taiwan. Hang Li-wu, later director of the museum, supervised the transport of some of the collection in three groups from Nanking to the harbor in Keelung, Taiwan between December 1948 and February 1949. By the time the items arrived in Taiwan, the Communist army had already seized control of the National Beiping Palace Museum collection so not all of the collection could be sent to Taiwan. A total of 2,972 crates of artifacts from the Forbidden City moved to Taiwan only accounted for 22% of the crates originally transported south, although the pieces represented some of the very best of the collection. “

From ancient swords, crossbow mechanisms, scrolls, and rocks that look like meat and cabbage, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place with so much ancient history, destruction, art, and weaponry. I could have spent days in there!

This painting is “Zither” from the “Eighteen Scholars”. According to the description, the planters in the garden are from the Ming dynasty of 1368-1644.

Crossbow mechanism