Browsing China's specialty bookstores Published: 2014-4-23 19:49:00


Premier Li applauds Beijing's first 24-hour bookstore
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has applauded Beijing's first 24-hour bookstore in an open letter published on April 22, one day before the World Book Day.

Li Keqiang, Chinese Premier
"It is a lively practice of 'nationwide reading,' demonstrating that inner strength and a quiet character are still needed in an ever-changing age." 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang applauds Beijing's first 24-hour bookstore in an open letter published on April 22, one day before the World Book Day. Photo: The Beijing News

           Specialty Bookstores 

Readers visit the Sanlian Taofen Bookstore on Tuesday night, the first day of its 24/7 trial run. Photo: Li Jingjing/GT

Sanlian Taofen Bookstore

 Opens 24 hours a day as part of a nationwide event to promote reading
 Currently the only 24/7 bookstore in Beijing

Location: Dongcheng district, Beijing

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The new Luming Bookstore Photo: Liao Fangzhou/GT

Luming Bookstore

 Independent bookstore
 An academic, research-oriented, and upmarket bookstore

Location: Fudan University's southern campus, Shanghai

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Located at 173 Guangzhou Road, inside the underground garage of Wutaishan Gymnasium, in 2013, CNN named Librairie Avant-Garde "the most beautiful bookshop in China." Photo:

Librairie Avant-Garde

 Specializes in the humanities and social sciences
 No "popular books, only books that last and enlighten"

Location: 173 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province

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Bookworm is China's premier English language lending library, bookshop, restaurant and events space. It now has branches in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou. It has been strengthening its relationships with overseas publishers to bring in more and more popular titles. Now it is able to boast 16,112 titles on its library shelves. Browsing thousands of books, savoring fabulous fare, sipping good espresso, being regaled by eminent authors here will be truly enjoyable. Photo:

The Bookworm

 Beijing's prime literary hub

Location: Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing

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Shanghai Poplar Kids Republic Picture Bookstore caters to children aged 1 to 8. Photo: Yang Hui/GT

Poplar Kids Republic Picture Bookstore

 Sells all manner of picture books targeted at children

Location: 262 Yuyuan Road, Shanghai

Kids get creative
Books are not baby talk

Readers attend a book seminar at One Way Street bookstore in Beijing. Photo: CFP

One Way Street

 A space for students and professors to gather and discuss intellectual topics

Location: No 54, 4th Floor, Joy City, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Liberal leanings
Two way talks at One Way Street
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