Common links: Taipei to Kaohsiung

Taiwan’s National Palace Museum on the outskirts of Taipei boasts one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese treasures. Nationalist leader Chiang Kaishek brought them when he fled to the island in 1949, after losing the Chinese civil war. Most of the ancient bronze castings, calligraphy, scroll paintings, porcelain, jade and rare books come from Beijing’s Forbidden City.

There is a lot to see and do in Taiwan. A journey to explore the similarities between the indigenous peoples of the country and those in South-East Asia can be quite rewarding in itself.

First-time travellers to Taiwan have probably heard more about its Han Chinese heritage – such as the priceless treasures spanning nearly 5,000 years of Chinese history at the National Palace Museum or its famous cuisine including Din Tai Fung’s dumplings.

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