Chi­nese mu­seum seeks Con­fu­cian clas­sics from around the world

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A mu­seum in China ded­i­cated to Con­fu­cius is seek­ing to col­lect Con­fu­cian clas­sics from around the world.

The Con­fu­cius Mu­seum in Qufu, East China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince, wants to col­lect 100,000 in­ter­na­tional books on Con­fu­cian­ism. The mu­seum, which took more than five years to build, will be­gin trial op­er­a­tion on Novem­ber 26.

“A do­na­tion cer­e­mony will be held for or­ga­ni­za­tions or in­di­vid­u­als that do­nate ma­te­ri­als of sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic or re­search value,” said the mu­seum’s deputy cu­ra­tor Yang Jin­quan.

Yang said each of the do­nated books will have a bar­code, which de­tails the in­for­ma­tion of the do­na­tor and the dis­play­ing area of the books.

The mu­seum cov­ers an area of 55,000 square me­ters. It will em­ploy sound, light and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to strengthen in­ter­ac­tion with the pub­lic.

The mu­seum cur­rently has a col­lec­tion of more than 700,000 cul­tural relics, in­clud­ing more than 300,000 files about Con­fu­cius’ fam­ily, more than 40,000 clas­sic books, in ad­di­tion to more than 8,000 an­cient cos­tumes and a num­ber of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments used in cer­e­monies for pay­ing trib­ute to Con­fu­cius.

Con­fu­cius, who lived be­tween 551BC and 479BC, was an ed­u­ca­tor and philoso­pher.

The school of Con­fu­cian- ism that he founded deeply in­flu­enced China through­out its long his­tory and con­tin­ues to have an im­pact in to­day’s mod­ern times. Xinhua

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