The Tianyi Pavilion, which adjoins the Moon Lake with elegant
sceneries, is a book-storing tower with the longest history
existent in our country, the oldest library existent in Asia, and
one of the three largest family libraries existent in the world.
In the 4th year of Kangxi’s reign in the Qing Dynasty（the year
1665）, Fan Wenguang, the great grandson of Fan Qin, additionally
built pond pavilion, planted trees around the pavilion and
constructed artificial hills arranging rocks into piles shaped like
lifelike and exquisite animals such as “nine lions and one
elephant”, which is characteristic of gardening in the Yangtze
In 1994, Ningbo Museum and Cultural Protection Bureau merged
together, and therefore the Tianyi Pavilion Museum was established.
Now the museum has been expanded into three functional areas of
book-storing culture, exhibition, and gardening leisure, which
blends book-storing culture, history of society, culture and arts
into one and becomes a window to show history and culture of