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China is widely considered the oldest continuous civilization on earth today. From it's start on the loess plains of the Huang He over 4,000 years ago, China developed into a great civilization, boasting some of the most important inventions in history (the magnetic compass, paper, printing press, and gunpowder). The National Palace Museum's extensive exhibits cover China's history from the beginning of the Neolithic Age.
If you are touring the museum, you should start at the third floor and work your way down. The first exhibits begin with the stone and jade objects of the early Chinese. Continuing, there are exhibitions on the bronze and jade of the first Chinese dynasties (Xia, Shang, and Zhou), which began around 3600 years ago. The next exhibit has bronze from the Qin and Han Dynasties, a 400-year period which ended 220 AD. The second floor is even more interesting and shows the further development of the Chinese. The second floor covers everything from 220 AD to 1911, the founding of the Republic (which includes the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties). Especially interesting (and absolutely not to be missed) are the Jade Cabbage, a tiny boat with people carved in it, the painted standing lady, and a carved ball of ivory with 17 layers.
The jade cabbage (rubaitsai) is (in my opinion) the most impressive part of the museum's collection; it is a piece of jade carved into the shape of a cabbage, with two auspicious insects on it (it looks better than it sounds). There's also a very ornamental ball of ivory which has 16 more balls of ivory carved within it.
Later exhibits include porcelain and the influence of Western art on Qing porcelain. On the first floor are exhibits on Buddhism, Buddhist statues, an exhibit on rare books, and an exhibit on the Chinese perception of Taiwan's aboriginals during the Qing Dynasty.
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