The Palace Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese art – 700,000 artifacts covering every dynasty, the Neolithic Period and the Republican Period. The collection is also the world’s finest. Given its sweeping size, only a fraction of the pottery, ink wash paintings, bronzes, jade, and curios are on display at any one time. But the items most favored by the public – a jadeite cabbage, a stone resembling stewed pork belly, and a three-legged cauldron – are almost always on display.

The museum offers free guided tours daily in English. With dozens of rooms and galleries overflowing with gems, the museum warrants repeat visits. To enjoy it in relative quiet, try going on Friday or Saturday after 6 p.m.

A new Southern Branch in Chiayi specializes in ancient Buddhist art, antique Asian textiles, and tea culture.