Subscribe to free Email Newsletter


Rare Western books on display

2014-07-23 16:53:38

(China Daily) By Wang Kaihao


Old books published in foreign languages are one of the highlights at the National Museum of Classic Books'opening exhibition. [Photo by Wang Kaihao / China Daily]

Dozens of old and rare Western books will be on display at Beijing's National Museum of Classic Books from Aug 1 for groups and Sept 9 for individuals.

As many as 50,000 copies of old books published in different foreign languages are housed at the capital's National Library of China, of which the museum is a part.

The library is considered to have the largest such collection of books in the country. Foreign books published before 1850 fall into the "old" category, according to the library's classification.

Books that were brought to China by missionaries form the bulk of the selection, with former personal libraries of Chinese and Western scholars adding a crucial depth to the collection.

Special sections in the gallery are exhibiting books that once belonged to Italian Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) and German linguist Paul Georg von Mollendorff (1847-1901), among Europe's better-known cultural icons in China.

 Images of Xi'an  Top 10 popular Chinese TV dramas overseas  A heightened perspective of Hong Kong
1 2 3 4



Xi'an runs love-themed subway trains for Chinese Valentine's Day


Shanghai workshop molds pottery artists


Selincuo becomes China's second largest saltwater lake


Scenery of Yugu scenic corridor


Embroidery works of Yi ethnic group


Beautiful scenery of Xiangshawan


Stunning scenery of A'er Mountain, China's Inner Mongolia


Bikini show held at water park in Xi'an


Hangzhou: Love metro ahead of Chinese Valentine’s Day


Ma Le "mountain exhibition" underway in Nanjing City


In pictures: Walk into Yokohama China Street in Japan


Top 10 landmark attractions in China in 2014


Zhujiang ambassadors attend lotus lanterns activity in S China


Picturesque Qingcheng Mountain


Tourists view blossoming crape myrtle in China's Wuhan


Han relics on show in Paris


Summer carnival at Chaoyang Park's Ocean Beach Festival


Yiri Great Gorge: 'Switzerland in the East'