The National Valuable Ancient Books Exhibition is open

On 8 June 2016, on the eve of Culture Heritage Day, the National Valuable Ancient Books Exhibition, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and State Administration of Cultural Heritage, and organized by the National Library of China (China National Center for Preservation & Conservation of Ancient Books, National Museum of Classic Books) was open in the National Museum of Classic Books, which displayed more than 100 valuable ancient books, including Dunhuang Manuscripts, Buddhist scriptures, rare books of Song and Yuan Dynasties, transcripts of Ming and Qing Dynasties, and so on.

The exhibition consists of three parts, "Valuable ancient books, scholarly China", "Vast classics, historical wisdom", and "Ancient books preservation, heavy responsibilities". "Vast classics, historical wisdom" is the main part of the exhibition, which grasps the spirit of general secretary Xi Jinping's series speeches on carrying forward Chinese excellent traditional culture, and according to sequence of the four branches of literature, i.e. Confucian classics, history, philosophy and literature, displays the thirteen classic works and annotation works, representatives of Confucian classics, masterpieces on history covering biographies, chronicles, laws and institutions, genealogies and other various themes, different schools of ancient philosophers' philosophy classics in Pre-qin Period, and literature heritage with Odes of Han Dynasty, Tang Poems, Song Ci, Yuan Qu and fictions of the Ming and Qing Dynasties as the representatives. In addition, the exhibition also contains two other parts, i.e. national fusion and foreign exchanges, displaying ancient books in ethnic minorities' languages and western foreign languages in National Rare Ancient Book Directory.

The exhibition also displays ancient books restoration achievements since Chinese Ancient Books Preservation Plan was implemented, which makes the audience appreciate the excellent restoration techniques of ancient books restoration workers.

The exhibition lasts for two months, which is open for the public free of charge. In order to increase the appreciation of the exhibition, the exhibits will be changed during the exhibition period. In the central part of the exhibition hall, the representative valuable ancient books of newly issued the 5th National Rare Ancient Book Directory will be displayed in turns.

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