Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Three

Taiwan TW-75381 received 08-20-2009

Sent by: chequer543
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-75381
Notes:  Well, the only thing in English on this card says "Welcome to Kinmen", so I'm not sure what this specific location is (some sort of fort?), but I do know it is part of the Kinmen archipelago.  Because it is so close to mainland China, Kinmen's major industry is tourism.  Fishing and the production of Kaoliang liquor are also big industries.  



Taiwan TW-76301 received 08-18-2009

Sent by: russiaanxylo
From: Taipei, Taiwan
ID number: TW-76301
Notes: This is the National Palace Museum in Taipei. It has a collection of nearly 700,000 ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks, which were originally housed in the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City.  However, advancements by the Japanese in WWII prompted the Chinese to move the artifacts out of Beijing.  After the Japanese surrendered, the Chinese Civil War resumed, prompting Chiang Kai-shek to evacuate the artifacts to Taiwan.  Today, the museum has 4.5 million visitors annually, ranking it the 7th most visited art museum in the world.  

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