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Tianyi Library, Ningbo

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Immerse yourself in culture at Tianyi Library, China’s oldest, existing library. Stroll through the beautifully maintained gardens and courtyards and marvel at the traditional Ming Dynasty architecture. The library dates to 1561, and once upon a time contained a collection of over 70,000 antique books. Sadly, the British took many books after the Second Opium War, and thieves stole many more. The collection now stands at around 30,000. Due to the age and importance of the books, most now reside in a climate-controlled environment and away from public display. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere as you explore this complex and soak up the history. Use our Ningbo vacation planner to visit Tianyi Library on your trip to Ningbo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Amazing place soothing load of emotion and history. In this large Chinese industrial city drunk building and pollution it is the place where to go to learn the culture Chinese. I went there in 2016 and I have unforgettable memories!
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  • August 1, 2017
    Iconic monuments in downtown Ningbo, have led the boom in private collection in Ningbo area. Vicissitudes in the history of centuries of the humiliation of the Chinese nation and stand down. Scenic design, strong education, pavilions, are quite delicate. Is a set of natural and cultural attractions
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  • August 1, 2017
    From light in the archives of the Qing dynasty, has been designated as a national key cultural relics protection units (living national treasure). I think for those who like Mahjong Mahjong Museum were exhibited, such as mahjong, acres of gardens and grounds with interesting places.
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