Tianyige Library Museum
Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Tianyige Library Museum is a 5A-level tourist spot and located on the Tianyi Street in Haishu district, Ningbo. As the oldest existing private library in China, it collects more than 300,000 volumes of valuable books and records, which has exerted a profound influence on other libraries in China. Most of the rare books it collects are made from block-printing or are handwritten copies of works during the Ming Dynasty, some of which are the sole existing copy in China.
Designed by the famous Chinese architect, Ningbo Museum covers a floor space of 30,000 square meters.
The design of the museum is a conceptual combination of mountains, water and oceans. Decorations of the outer walls with old tiles and cement-covered bamboos demonstrate features of traditional Jiangnan (geographic area south of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River) residences.
On display in Ningbo Museum are a collection of more than 60,000 exhibits dating back to as early as the Hemudu Neolithic Culture 7000 years ago, including bronze wares, ceramics, bamboo-carving objects, jade pieces, calligraphy and paintings, gold and silver wares.
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