Most of you may be familiar with the glorious historic libraries in Europe, yearning for a peaceful moment inside. Nevertheless, there are ancient libraries in the East deserving a visit. Let’s take this one for example.
Tianyi Chamber is the oldest existing private library in China, the most ancient library in Asia and one of the earliest family library in the world as well. Owned by an official of Ming Dynasty, Fan Qin, it holds a collection of more than 50,000 books. Fan set strict rules for its later generations — no entry for women or outsiders, no lending, to name a few. After the government took over the chamber in the last century, it has been well preserved and open to the public.
Location: No 5, Tianyi Street, Haishu District, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province