I received this Official Postcrossing card from Taiwan! This cool building is the National Palace Museum of Taipei, Taiwan’s capital. What kinds of bangin’ stuff can you find here? Only over 700,000 artifacts spanning the course of 5,000 years of Chinese history! That includes things paintings, ceramics, jade/bronze items, and texts. That’s a heck-ton of stuff… it’s no wonder it’s one of the largest museums of its kind in the world! The NPM is built in the style of a Northern Chinese palace, though Taipei is not its original home. This museum has had a hectic past. Since its creation in 1925 in the Forbidden City (a palace complex found in Beijing), it’s had to move cities multiple times due to the threat of devastation by ongoing wars. It wasn’t under 1948 that they decided to evacuate the artifacts to Taiwan, where they stand presently. It’s disheartening to read stories of precious ancient treasures getting lost for one reason or another, so knowing that ones like these were preserved amid such chaos is refreshing. Weird, I literally just talked about how people can enjoy Kazan Cathedral because of efforts made to preserve the architectural layout before it was demolished – now here too do I want to commend the efforts made to keep the NPM artifacts intact. I may have to visit these two places just to pay homage! Anyway, thank you very much for this neat postcard!