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The National Palace Museum’s (國立故宮博物院文會堂) extended opening hours, which began yesterday, are 8:30am to 6:30pm (originally 9am to 5pm). Silks Palace Restaurant (故宮晶華), which is located at the museum, is serving a dinner special Mondays to Fridays. Parties of four National Palace Museum ticket holders who dine at the first-floor restaurant will receive a Treasure Chest Dessert Collection for free.

The Grand Formosa Regent Taipei is also getting in on the act. Its National Palace Culture Fest package comprises a two-day, one-night stay at the hotel anytime before the end of December, a complimentary breakfast for two, two tickets to the National Palace Museum, dinner at Silks Palace for two, and shuttle services between the hotel and the museum. The package is priced at NT$6,200 per room.

Silks Palace models its dishes after the museum’s many artworks, including renditions of the famous Jadeite Cabbage With Insects and Meat-Shaped Stone, and artistic interpretations of classic fare, such as Buddha Jumps Over the Wall (佛跳牆) stew, which is served in a white bowl that references the classic three-legged cauldrons of the Warring States period.

The National Palace Culture Fest package is limited to Taiwan National Identification Card or Alien Resident Certificate holders. To make a reservation, call Grand Formosa Regent Taipei at (02) 2523-8000.

Address: National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院), 221, Zhishan Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市至善路二段221號). Silks Palace is located to the left of the museum’s main exhibition hall. Tel: (02) 2882-9393. On the Net: www.silkspalace.com.tw

For those looking to celebrate US Independence Day, Mr Sausage’s kitchen is holding a 4th of July party on Sunday from 12:30pm to 6:30pm, comprising a menu of American favorites as well as lots of Americana on sale.

Address: 5-1, Alley 4, Ln 12, Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市八德路三段12巷4弄5-1號). Tel: (02) 2579-0396

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