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National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan photo
National Palace Museum, Taipei

The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of Chinese art treasures, one which spans China's nearly 5,000-year history.

Most of the museum's 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000 years ago in the early Sung dynasty.

Originally established in the Forbidden City in Beijing, after the expulsion of the last emperor in 1925, a large part of its collection was ordered out of the city by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Government in 1931. A part of this collection was moved to Taiwan in the final years of the Chinese civil war, between 1948 and 1949.

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