The China National Archives of Publications and Culture, consisting of headquarters in Beijing and branches in three major Chinese cities, was inaugurated on Saturday. After a three-year construction, the institution aims to act as a "seed bank" for Chinese culture by playing a significant role in the preservation of ancient texts and modern publications in China.
The institute's three branches are in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, Xi'an in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong Province.
With the goal of improving the inheritance of Chinese civilization, the central government started construction of the buildings in 2021.
Integrating exhibition halls, libraries, archives, museums and other functions, the archives collect physical embodiments of China's "publication cultural heritage" such as ancient books, opera masks and stamps that document Chinese civilizations.
The establishment of the institute is one of the major cultural projects supported by the central government in China's 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25).
Zhang Yiwu, a professor at Peking University, told the Global Times on Sunday that the project will have a major impact on the inheritance of Chinese culture and the preservation of the vast quantity of Chinese texts created since writing began in China.
Bases for culture
Wu Xiaotian, leader of the planning and implementation group for the institute's headquarters, explained that the central location in Beijing will take the lead in coordinating national publication resource planning, while the three branches will gather and cover publication resources for different regions on the local level.
Editor: Gao Xin
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