Pavilion Library is located beside the beautiful Yuehu (moon)
Lake in the downtown district. Built
during 1561-1566, it was a private library of Fan Qing (Vice
Minister of Military Ministry in Ming Dynasty) and now the
oldest folk library in China and even in Asia. Tianyi Pavilion
Museum occupies over 26,000 square meters. It is a combination
of culture, social studies, history and art. The overall
layout is Tianyi Pavilion, Eastern Garden, The Chens Ancestral
Hall, The Qings Branch Ancestral Hall, Calligraphy and Painting
Hall and Local Chronicles Hall.
Pavilion keeps a large collection of about 300,000 ancient
books, among which 80,000 are rare copies, mostly woodcut
and hand-written copies of the Song and Ming dynasties.
They are rich sources of local chronicles and imperial examinations
and are precious materials for the study
of history, people, social customs and habits. Tianyi Pavilion
Library is called the "Book City of South China".
Pavilion is not only famous throughout in China for its
book collection but also for its bizarre and delicate design
of buildings and the intricate construction of gardens.
Pavilion Library is a major historical and cultural site
under state protection and also one of the major symbols
of Ningbo as a historical and cultural city.