When you look at the various cultures of the Orient, Taiwan is an island country that has plenty to offer. To begin with, the beautiful amalgamation of Chinese and Japanese cultural aspects is simply unmatched. Coupled with some of its own local elements, the colorful multicultural experience that you derive from your visit here will certainly etch memories for a lifetime. As a visitor to Taiwan, you might be wondering where you might want to begin your exploration from. And the singular answer to this question that holds the consensus of all tourists with varied interests, tastes and motives, is the National Palace Museum.
Housed in the erstwhile grand palace of the Thai Monarch, this is one place that offers glimpses of the striking beauty of Taiwan in various art forms, relics, artifacts, paintings, sculpture, pottery and so on. Given the exotic collection of porcelain ware, you cannot help but marvel at the extensive Chinese influence on almost all art forms in the country, whereas the spiritual influences of the Japanese has had its own impact on the collection. And while you’re there, don’t forget to pick lovely souvenirs with calligraphy or folk art from the lovely museum gift shop!
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The Eternal Golden Castle of Taiwan
On your first glimpse of the gleaming castle that stands tall on rugged cliffs near the picturesque Taiwanese coast, you tend to think of it as a holiday retreat. But the majestic castle was in fact constructed for military purposes during the mid 19th century by a famous Chinese General. The primary aim was to protect the island country of Taiwan from any naval military attack by the Japanese, because this small but highly resourceful country had become a big bone of contention between Japan and China. Eventually during the Second World War, Taiwan did eventually come under the occupation of Japan, and this military fortress became redundant as far as functionality was concerned. But it still continues to remain one of the most-visited tourist destinations of Taiwan, especially amongst beach-revelers and history geeks!