National Museum of Chinese Literature
N.45 Wenxueguan Road, Shaoyaoju, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
: Northeast of Tiananmen
: 13.2 km away from the city center Tiananmen
1. Bus No.119, 125, 409, 422 at Wenxueguan Station
2. Bus No.62, 119, 361, 379, 406, 419,422,479, 602, 674, 684, 984, Yuntong101, Yuntong201 at Duiwai Jingmao Daxue Station and walk about 300 meters
3. Bus No.408, 422, 660, 740, 753, 944, 983, T9 at Yuhuili Station and walk about 300 meters to the South
4. Subway Line 2 at Andingmen Station, then transfer to Bus No.125 and off at Wenxueguan Station
5. Subway Line 5 at Huixinxijie Nankou Station, then transfer to Bus No.125 and off at Wenxueguan Station
6. Subway Line 5 at Huixinxijie Beikou Station, walk south to the crossroad, then walk east for about 10 minutes
7. Subway Line 13 at Shaoyaoju Station, then walk for about 300 meters
This museum is the primary resource on Chinese modern literature. It is also the world's largest building dedicated solely to literature. Housing a library and different halls for documents and research materials, the museum's mission is "to collect, conserve, organize, and research works of modern and contemporary authors of China". Here you can feel the atmosphere of modern Chinese literature. It is the iconic literary construction.
Characteristics of the construction:
Giant Stone Screen Wall
The giant stone is a huge whole stone which was brought from Laizhou of Shandong Province. On the front and back side of the stone, there are the inscriptions of the words from Ba Jin.
Four Titles of the Museum
There are four autographs of the titles by Ye Shengtao, Bing Xin, Ba Jin and the former Chairman Jiang Zemin. The autographs of the three writers are on the wall of the main buildings while the one of the Chairman is above the
entrance of the two main halls.
Emboss of Flowers Blossom
Door Handle of the Handprint of Ba Jin
Each handle of the glass door in the museum was inscribed the Handprint of Ba Jin, which is also a scenic spot in National Museum of Chinese Literature.
Mosaic Murals Stained in Colorful Glass
China with Writers' Signatures
Giant Oil Paintings
Strange Stone "Comma"
National Museum of Chinese Literature has close relationship with Chinese literary scholar Ba Jin. Ba Jin is a pure modern writer. In his old age, he realized that he had responsibility to pass the trace of time to the next generation. He wished that there was a special agency to collect, organize, research and present the works of modern writers. In February 14, 1981, Ba Jin first suggested to establish National Museum of Chinese Literature. On the 20th of April, the Chinese writers' Association decided to establish National Museum of Chinese Literature.
Now, there are about 300,000 collections in the museum including 170,000 books, 2,100 kinds and 90,000 magazines, 142 kinds of newspapers, 10,970 manuscripts, 8,282 photos, 7,877 letters, 453 audio tapes, 773 videos, 2,959 cultural relics, 55 series of books issued by the name of writers and etc.
09:00 - 16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday
Closed on Mondays
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Views from Celebrities
The country is so big that there should be a first class literature museum. The effect of modern literature in history had been over the literature world itself. Ba Jin was so desired to build this museum. And this is not his own wish, but also wish of all literary lovers. This museum not only shows the literary development sequence, but also shows the rise and fall of the nation, which is quite meaningful to the next generation.
I live in Wuhan. And I never went to Beijing to see the Literature Museum. But I think this museum is of great significance. No country in the world has such a literature history with on climax following another. Destiny of the literature is destiny of oneself and destiny of the politics. Who has the right to ignore such a history? This museum make us clear of the history. I wish someday my work can be put in the Literature Museum.
To us who live on writing, remember the tradition of Chinese Literature is the first important thing.
Views from Travelers:
I love it here. We went there with teacher. At first, I did not want to go. But while listening to the introduction inside, I began to love it. All guides in the museum are volunteers including retired men and students who loved literature.
They were kind. The yard of the museum is also very beautiful. If you love literature, come here and you will get more!
The day I went to the museum is a sunny day. I love the documentary film about the literature masters. There are not so many visitors. It is quiet and comfortable.
I had the feel of touching modern literature masters. There are not many visitors. The guide is careful and they would told you a lot about the writing background. Statues in the yard are also very good.
There are lectures in the museum. I like to go there and enjoy the lectures about literature.
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