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The Past, Present and Future of Tianyi Museum & Moon Lake
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Since last October when Ningbo Tianyi Museum & Moon Lake was designated as a national 5A scenic spot, various activities have been held to promote the history and culture of Tianyi Museum and Moon Lake. Some of the activities include the compilation of poems related to the scenic spot written during the time between the Northern Song Dynasty and the Republic of China, cooperation with anchormen in Ningbo to produce the audio presentation of 300 poems about Tianyi Museum and Moon Lake and the production of a cultural promotional video about Tianyi Museum and Moon Lake.

Though not very big, Moon Lake positions itself perfectly in Ningbo. It witnessed Ningbo’s transition from a narrow valley with limited scope for development to a broad city nurtured by three rivers. Meanwhile, it transformed itself from a natural lake to a lake of tremendous educational value.

The geographic and cultural importance of Ningbo Tianyi Museum & Moon Lake has been increasingly manifested after the founding of People’s Republic of China in 1949. People settled around the lake, built water conservancy projects, spent their leisure time and enjoy their lives. More importantly, more and more people begin to explore its culture spanning almost a millennium, which turned Moon Lake park from an urban park into a modern cultural park.

Moon Lake’s Glory After 70 Years of Development

Every morning, Moon Lake is a good place for people to do some exercise and relax themselves. This has to do with the water treatment project carried out a few years ago.

Behind the lush vegetation near the lake is a cabin, in which some large-scale pressurized equipment is operating to filter out the impurities in the water to make Moon Lake clean and clear.

The water treatment system can handle 16,000 cubic meters of water a day, which means, theoretically, all the water in Moon Lake can be renewed every 25 days.

Water conservancy represents the first step in promoting Moon Lake culture, which was vividly described as the culture of survival by Huang Wenjie, editor-in-chief of Tianyiwenyuan, a cultural academic journal in Ningbo. He said, people in Ningbo gained a firm foothold in this city with their water conservancy efforts from Siming Mountain to Moon Lake during the past thousand years. A steady life is the foundation of people’s spare time and energy to open schools, build libraries and carry out cultural exchanges, according to Ningbo Cultural and Art Research Institute.

During the 7 decades following the founding of PRC, at least 3 rounds of Moon Lake water treatment have been covered by Ningbo Daily and other media.

Back in Feb in 1960, almost 10,000 cubic meters of sludge was removed and 5000 meters of sewer was laid during a week.

In the 20 years that followed, Moon Lake resort saw the expansion of its green spaces and the construction of a big park. In 1981, an electric aircraft airport was built in June, where the models of Boeing 747 and Boeing 707 attracted 3000 tourists daily.

Moon Lake suffered grave pollution problem in 1984 as a result of the sewage from its surrounding areas. In September this year, Ningbo government began its 3-step approach to tackle the pollution in Moon Lake, the first step being the construction of a filtering gate and sewer pipeline around the lake, the second step being the improvement of landscape, including the expansion of green spaces and the construction of pavilions.

The year of 1998 saw Ningbo’s biggest construction project in the 20th century –Moon Lake Resort project. Moon Lake park was renovated, with its scenic spots and surrounding roads improved. Some of the major scenic spots in Moon Lake park we see today were all constructed back then.

Living side by side with Moon Lake, people in Ningbo created splendid culture centered on the lake. According to statistics, Ningbo has preserved and restored heritage sites of as many as 11 old buildings in Moon Lake park during the past 70 years. These buildings carried unique and important historical significance, which made Moon Lake a cultural hub in Ningbo.

Transition From Urban Park to National 5A Cultural Resort

To boost cultural tourism in Ningbo and to create a signature of Ningbo cultural tourism, Ningbo government initiated the efforts to build Ningbo Tinayi Museum & Moon Lake into a national 5A scenic spot in 2013. After 5 years of efforts at both city and district levels, Ningbo Tianyi Museum & Moon Lake resort was finally designated as a national 5A scenic spot on October 29 in 2019.

The transition of Ningbo Tianyi Museum & Moon Lake from an urban park to a cultural resort is made with a commitment to high quality cultural tourism and exploration of relevant culture.

In collaboration with experts, the resort will comb through eastern Zhejiang academic culture, book collection culture and Ningbo confraternity culture, which will be promoted in the form of fairs, poetry reading and tour guide presentation. The guiding system in the resort will be upgraded to present related history and culture with the help of AI technology. The splendid culture of Tianyi Museum and Moon Lake will also be promoted through the voices of Ningbo anchormen, whose reading of poems about Tianyi Museum and Moon Lake are recorded to create a voice library. Besides, creative cultural creative tourism products will be developed, such as fans, book marks, handbags and fridge magnet as an approachable way to promote the culture of the resort.

What’s more, cultural activities with distinctive features will be rolled out,  and efforts will be made to improve some major cultural activities to further promote cultural tourism.

Plan for the Next 500 Years

Ningbo government is now mapping out the development plan for Tianyi Museum for the next 500 years.

According to the plan, the construction of the southern hall of Tianyi Museum will kick off at the end of 2019. After its completion, it will function as a venue for exhibition, cultural activities, academic exchanges, interactive cultural experience, protection and preservation, reading, tourism and cultural creative services, which is an innovation of the traditional culture of Tianyi Museum.

According to Zhuang Lizhen, curator of Tianyi Museum, the halls in the museum will be more aligned with each other both in their themes and functions. The northern hall focuses on “family” and “collection” in a traditional context while the southern one focuses on “public” and “use” in a modern context. These two halls will together tell the story of book collections and our country.

As the oldest private library in Asia and one of the three oldest private libraries in the world in existence, Tianyi Museum is situated by the Moon Lake. Looking forward, Tianyi Museum will progress with the times and embrace the changing world with a new look.

Activities have been launched in recent years to promote reading in Ningbo. As the symbol of book collection and reading, Tianyi Museum played an important in enabling Ningbo residents to learn traditional culture. Courses designed for primary and middle school students also help students have a good understanding of Chinese classics, including Disciple Gauge, Three Character Primer, The Analects of Confucius and The Book of Songs.

Once enjoying great popularity in academic world, eastern Zhejiang academic school is the accumulation of the wisdom and intellect of scholars in eastern Zhejiang, who advocated humanistic pragmatism. In that spirit, Tianyi Museum will make new use of ancient books. Now, Tianyi Museum has compiled the most meticulous records of imperial examinations in recent years, and is working on the compilation and publication of local chronicles.

In addition, Tianyi Museum will deepen its digitization efforts to make its ancient books digitally available. The WeChat public account will be opened to provide information related to ancient books in an easy-to-understand way.

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