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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we learn about a tiny stone cabbage with a big backstory stretching from the rich, treasure-laden halls of Beijing’s Forbidden City, through a harrowing wartime escape, to its prized place at the National palace museum in Taipei, Taiwan.

Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In under 15 minutes, we’ll take you to an incredible site, and along the way you’ll meet some fascinating people and hear their stories. Join us daily, Monday through Thursday, to explore a new wonder with cofounder Dylan Thuras and a neighborhood of Atlas Obscura reporters.

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