The gate of Tianyi Pavilion Library.
Tianyi Pavilion Library, China's oldest library, has opened to visitors on
weekend evenings, in an effort to satisfy public demand. (Source:
BEIJING, Dec. 16 -- Tianyi Pavilion Library, China's
oldest library, has opened to visitors on weekend evenings, in an effort to
satisfy public demand.
The library, located in eastern Chinese city of
Ningbo, opened to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. It
was the first time that the ancient library has held a nighttime opening, the
Hangzhou-based Dushikuaibao reported on Sunday.
The decision was met with positive feedback. Visitors
expressed contentment at seeing the Ningbo's most famous point of interest at
night, and some were seen excitedly taking photos in the garden.
He Hongyu, vice director of Tianyi Museum, said many
Ningbo citizens and non-local tourists found that just half a day wasn't enough
time for them to fully utilize the library, while others had expressed wishes to
enjoy the evening scenes in Tianyi Pavilion's garden.
A ticket for a night visit costs 10 yuan (about 1.36
U.S. dollars), only half of the price of the day ticket. But visitors are
advised to preorder tickets, since only 2,000 lucky people are allowed to enter
the library each day.
The administration also selected more than 1,000
precious ancient books from the total holdings of 160,000 to display in the
library. Most of them are first-class cultural relics never before exhibited in
Next year, Tianyi Pavilion Library will open its
digital library. At that time, Internet users will have access to nearly 300,000
priceless ancient books online.
Built during the period from 1561 to 1566 in West
Ningbo, Tianyi Pavilion is a famous old library which once housed an enormous
collection of rare volumes, including block-printed and hand-copied books and
manuscripts. Most of the original collection was lost, but a special agency has
been created to restore the books in the archives. The current collection totals
300,000 volumes, many of which are original books of the library that have been
rediscovered, and a great number donated by individuals.