Reading into the future in China

(8 June 2018) The National Library of China is building a new book repository to protect China’s ancient literary treasures – and its cultural heritage – for future generations. Wang Kaihao reports.

China is preparing to build a “Noah’s Ark” for precious books and documents from ancient times, an official from the National Library of China in Beijing revealed in a recent interview with China Daily.

A National Strategic Repository for Documents will be built in Chengde county, Hebei province, according to Sun Yigang, deputy director of the NLC.

Construction on the repository – which is mostly underground and around 68,000 square meters – will begin this year, and is expected to last until 2021.

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