About National Palace Museum:
This museum holds world’s largest collection of Chinese artifacts. There are some 7,00,000 of them and the museum has only space to display 15,000 items. The displays are rotated every three months. So, every time you go, you can see completely new items.
The collections originally were in Beijing’s forbidden city. During World War II, when Japanese occupied China, these items were moved from place to place in crates. The world war ended, but soon after (1949) the communists defeated the existing government in China. The government then retreated to Taiwan with these collections. The communists criticized the government for “stealing” the collections but it would have been doubtful whether these would have survived the Cultural Revolution in 1960’s, which swept across China, destroying everything associated with pre communist past. Finally, in 1965, the museum was opened in Taipei to display these collections for general public.