Taiwan's culture is a mixture of its distinctive Chinese heritage and Western influences. While Taiwan has assimilated western customs and life styles, it remains very much a society of Chinese heritage. Popular culture, fine arts, and folk traditions embody traditional and modern, Asian, and Western themes. Through over fifty years of hard work and sustainable economic policies, Taiwan has transformed itself from an underdeveloped, agricultural island to an economic power house that is a leading manufacturer of high-technology goods. Taipei, Taiwan's Capital, houses one of Taiwan's marvelous attractions, the Palace Museum, which displays over 650,000 priceless pieces of Chinese bronze, jade, calligraphy, painting, and porcelain. This collection was taken from the mainland in 1949 when Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Party (KMT) escaped to Taiwan.