To celebrate the 900th an-niversary of the establishment of Donglin Academy (Dong Lin Shu Yuan), a commemorative seminar was held last Thursday.
The seminar gathered more than 70 experts from around the country, including delegates from Yuelu Academy, Songyang Academy and Ehu Academy.
Donglin Academy, built in 1111, was the place for Yang Shi, a well-known Northern Song Dynasty scholar, to give lectures.
In 1604, Gu Xiancheng and other Ming Dynasty scholars suggested to rebuild the academy. They assembled a crowd and held so many lectures that there was a praise saying "for master scholars, Donglin is the No.1 place."
The famous couplet, "To hear the sounds of the wind, the rain and the reading; to care about the things at home, in the country and the world," written by Gu Xiancheng, is the true portrayal of Donglin scholars, lecturing as well as worrying about the country.
Donglin Academy after rebuilding covers an area of 13,500 sqm, including over 15 blocks of exhibition buildings, and more than 40 pieces of various kinds of inscribed boards and couplets.
The layout and shape as well as the style and features of the academy in its heyday in the Ming and Qing dynasties are carefully preserved.
Since its reopening after full restoration, the academy has been honored as one of the "eighteen scenic sites in Wuxi." It was also announced as a National Key Relics Conservation site by the State Council in 2006.