Recommendation by Lemi
Two Imperial guardian lions stand proud in front of the National Library of China's original building, looming over arriving visitors. Its imposing structure ends overhead by a green roof, curving upward in the traditional Chinese style. The NLC Ancient Books Library is a sight to behold from afar, as if frozen from imperial times. Ascend the stairs and little details come into view: carvings and patterns adorning the façade of the building, running along the railings and up the columns. Inside, the reading rooms are simple and traditional where scholars bury themselves in the ancient knowledge the library holds. Visitors must register for a Reader Card at the reception with the necessary documents if they wish to peruse the extensive collection. Those who go this extra mile are rewarded with block-printed copies of text from as early as the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).