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National Library of China, Beijing

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The National Library of China or NLC in Beijing is the national library of the People's Republic of China. With a collection of over 35 million items, it is the largest library in Asia and one of the largest in the world. It holds the largest collections of Chinese literature and historical documents in the world.The forerunner of the National Library of China, the Imperial Library of Peking, was founded on 9 September 1909 by the government of the Qing dynasty. It was first formally opened after the Xinhai Revolution, in 1912. In 1916, the library received depository library status. In July 1928, its name was changed to National Peiping Library and was later changed to the National Library.
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  • The modern National Library of China, known as 国图 (guotu), is located to the west of Beijing Zoo, next to a big avenue leading to the northern university region and tech neighbourhood Zhongguancun. Th...  more »
  • Now this is a place to visit. I know it may be outside your itinerary for Beijing, but it would be a stellar addition to your architectural visit to this architectural maverick of a city. This is a wo...  more »
  • This place is an easy walk from the (easy-to-use) subway and a moderate walk from the zoo. It's well worth the small effort. You have to store your bags (for free) downstairs before you enter the buil...  more »
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  • A spectacular library.
  • Spacious quiet place!
  • A peaceful and silent place to read and learn.
  • Spectacular, is a beautiful place where you can find books of all subjects. The architecture is fantastic and entire copies of books can be ordered for very low price.
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  • Place a large, service is good. Is far away from our school. Just to say enough good library in Haidian, Chaoyang, okay?
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