“Young peo­ple some­times come in the early morn­ing to rest here be­fore head­ing to Tianan­men Square to wit­ness the flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

So said Sun Yi, man­ager of Yan­chilou China Book­store in Di’an­men, Xicheng district, when giv­ing an in­tro­duc­tion of the 24-hour book­store to re­porters. As a joint ef­fort of Xicheng govern­ment and China Book­store, the book­store was opened two years ago with an aim to cre­ate an all­day read­ing space for the pub­lic. Ac­cord­ing to Bei­jing’s pol­icy, 24-hour book­store own­ers are able to get govern­ment sub­si­dies from the city’s cul­tural de­vel­op­ment plans. For the book­store, which is still in a deficit, cre­at­ing so­cial im­pact by pro­vid­ing bet­ter ser­vices to more peo­ple is more im­por­tant than gain­ing prof­its. (Source: Bei­jing News)

Il­lus­tra­tions: Luo Xuan/GT

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