Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Go forth and get that freshman 15, say antiquities

I visited the famed National Palace Museum (from Shilin MRT, Bus 304) and it was International Tourism Day so admittance was free.
With more than 650,000 pieces, the museum is touted as having the world's greatest collection of Chinese art (the Nationalists moved many of the artifacts out of Beijing's Forbidden City during the Second World War and the Chinese civil war).

The pride of the collection includes jade carved into the shape of bokchoy (from the Qing Dynasty) and a stone carved and dyed in the likeness of pork braised in soy sauce.

I spent a lot of time looking at that chunk, with its textured, porous top layer, the slim strip of fat and lean meat underneath.

Man, even the country's art is pushing me to get fat.

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