Welcoming Fragrance of Bookstores
Bookstores not only serve as a cultural yardstick, they also showcase how a city values that culture. Looking into the spirit of a city’s bookstores offers a glimpse into its character. However a city may develop, bookstores—the lights of the city—are places that are not to be missed.
As the famous writer Long Yingtai once observed: “A city should have a ‘public living room' to warm people's hearts...among which, bookstores are the most important public living room.” Indeed, bookstores underpin the cultural existence and safeguard the cultural identity of a city.
Bookstores not only serve as a cultural yardstick, they also showcase just how a city values that culture. Looking into the spirit of a city’s bookstores offers a glimpse into its character. However a city may develop, bookstores—the lights of the city—are also not to be missed.
Page One, like a Work of Art
If you've never heard of an online bookstore that's so popular cyber celebrities are scrambling to put up photos, chances are it's your first time hearing about Page One.
In recent years, under the brunt of online bookstores, brick-and-mortar counterparts have been struggling to stay afloat. Yet even facing such a lacklustre situation, Page One (Beijing Fun branch), founded within the last half year, has been winning the hearts of numerous die-hard fans and coming out ahead of online stores.
“Page One” symbolises the starting point of reading. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Singapore, Page One currently has stores in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore. There are four stores scattered across Beijing in Phase III of China World Mall, Wangjing INDIGO, Sanlitun and Beijing Fun. Avid readers are finding that a round-the- clock bookstore is no longer the stuff of dreams.
Getting popular was by no means accidental for Page One. It is hard not to be impressed by the original interior design, delicate taste and level of comfort the bookstore has to offer.
Page One (Beijing Fun branch) is located in Langfang Toutiao Compound 13, Tower 1, Meishi Street at the southwest corner of the Zhengyang Gate watchtower. Built in 1439, the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) watchtower stands on the north end of Qianmen Street. The tallest watchtower in Beijing, it's also among the most significant structures on the south end of Tian'anmen. The city was established more than 3,000 years ago and has been China's capital for more than 800 years, and Qianmen Street has long been a bustling place where the stories of countless people have unfolded. That draw has played no small part in billing Page One as the No. 1 bookstore in the imperial city.
On the outside, the Beijing Fun branch follows the conventional wooden design Page One is known for. Inside, the 2,500-square-metre (sq.m)store is equipped with massive French windows and a landscaped terrace. While browsing the three-
storey bookstore, visitors can catch sight of Zhengyang Gate, Tian'anmen, Dashilar Street, ancient walls and old Western buildings. Dong Gong, the store's architectural designer spent five months completing the design work for this branch.
That design work shows— surprises await on each floor. The first is a “bookstore within a bookstore.” Designed as a hollow square, the first floor has an outer book wall 6 m high and 50 m long. An array of bestsellers and new books await interested readers. Books on the “book wall” vary in theme each month, making the wall feel brand new each time. Further into the column-shaped book area, a glance upward reveals a stunning star light curtain. It is like looking right into a starry night sky.
The second floor was designed with children in mind. Here, dominating the books on child rearing, popular science, cooking and handicraft are the children's books, taking up two thirds of the floor. At the reading area for children 0–5 years old, the castle-shaped bookshelf is paved with cushions for children to climb and play on. Amid layers of books, creative stationery, green plants, ornaments, toys, board games and other items delight parents and developing readers alike.
The third floor is a resting place catering to the senses of taste, sight and sound. Surrounding a coffee bar in partnership with a time-honoured Japanese coffee brand, the floor boasts 10,000 original design books, 5,000 books in simplified Chinese and 5,000 vinyl records.
These features make the bookstore an ideal place to read books, listen to music, taste food and take in its interesting design. As one of the few 24-hour bookstores in Beijing, Page One, even well into the night hours, has no shortage of readers. The soft light and comfortable environment produces a night scene dear to many hearts. Some have taken that praise to reviews online sayng things like: “It's so beautiful I could hardly believe my eyes.” Another user wrote, “It's time to re- open a paper book.”
In addition to its current activities, such as writers' salons and sharing sessions, Page One (Beijing Fun branch) has its eyes set on 24-hour LEGO Star Wars building activities, night concerts and other night activities along with VR experiences, live shows and Page One's modern, international-styled feature programmes. Their objective is to create a “global space where time zones don't matter.”
One Way Street, a Spiritual Lighthouse
In cities dominated by commerce, where culture is the scarcest element, there are always dreamers looking for “poetry and a distant place” from the hectic, materialistic world. In One Way Street, a group of such people have found their solace.
One Way Street was founded by media professionals Yu Wei, Xu Zhiyuan and publisher Yang Wenxuan. Its name comes from the title of a book by German philosopher Walter Benjamin, the “last literatus in Europe.” “We read the world,” the vision of the bookstore, is printed in the title page of its publication.
In 2006, One Way Street opened at Yuanmingyuan. Ever since, it has become known as a place to find free cultural salons and quality book recommendations. It is said that back then the bookstore exuded an air of aloofness. The store itself was transformed from a discarded gallery outside the east gate of Yuanmingyuan Imperial Garden. As the old studio was tucked away behind a bamboo fence on a cobbled road, many wouldbe readers had difficulty finding the bookstore's exact location. More often than not, the grocer at the east gate of Yuanmingyuan had to remind them: “One Way Street is not a street.”
One Way Street offers a public space for readers to spark their interests, exchange ideas and enjoy cultural life. Most books here are highly professional works on the humanities and social sciences. As its founders are mainly involved in the media and publishing circles, books on these subjects are as diverse as they are unique. Xu Zhiyuan and his fellow partners have developed the store into a focal point among cultural celebrities. By far the largest highlight is the cultural salon. Readers cross paths with reviewers, music critics, writers, directors, and dramatists at the salons. One Way Street has built an impressive list of speakers, such as painter Chen Danqing; writers Liang Xiaosheng, Chun Shu, Yan Geling, Hao Fang and Zhang Yueran; directors Lai Shengchuan and Wang Shuibo; art critic Fei Dawei; singers Zhang Yadong and Ding Wei; media professional Hong Huang; editor Wang Xiaofeng; poet Xi
Chuan and the actress Tian Yuan.
These kinds of high-level salons sponsored by private capital are a rare sight in China. Most lack the access to the same resources and offer more humble content. One Way Street's salons come in the forms of poetry readings, film discussions, debut book sales and non-profit art exhibitions. Some of those writers and directors that have come to One Way Street rarely make public appearances in other circumstances. This has been especially true for writers at the cultural frontier.their fans have gone from never hearing of One Way Street to becoming some of the store's most faithful consumers. In 2007, messages about One Way Street's salons were reposted on ifindu.cn, mosh.cn, hexun. com and the online bulletin boards of famous universities. Ever since, customers from other parts of the country, including as far as Hong Kong and Taiwan, have been coming here in an endless stream.
One Way Street began inviting more cultural celebrities, creating a positive feedback loop. According to a media report, each salon has around 50–100 participants. Its most popular salon welcomed nearly 200 guests.
Soon after it opened, One Way Street earned great popularity as a result of its forward-looking, high- calibre cultural and academic salons. Today the small bookstore enjoys great popularity. One Way Street has organised many book signing events, lectures, seminars and book reviews, further enhancing its social influence. Litterateurs can chat with readers in a spacious yard with open hearts. Scarcely can one find a space in an ordinary bookstore where readers can exchange ideas with famous writers, editors, directors and musicians. This is a common scene at One Way Street. The store continues to enjoy immense popularity among young people for its unique cultural ethos and has an impressive following on douban.com. Thanks to its pursuit of culture, One Way Street has become a cultural landmark in Beijing.
In October 2009, One Way Street relocated to Solana, an emerging business district on the East 3rd Ring Road. Surrounded by dazzling global brands, One Way Street looks somewhat out of place. In this large city, a group of young people are gathered here in search of a spiritual habitat. Over the years, One Way Street has maintained its free salon tradition and now also offers lectures on its second floor. As a result, many cultural celebrities have become frequent guests. More often than not, the cramped bookstore is jam-packed, with hopeful attendees sprawling out on the staircase. Customers are invariably obsessed with its unique culture. When One Way Street moved to Joy City, hundreds of regular customers came to say their goodbyes. That night, among people searching for discounted books and others singing “The Last Night“to the tune of a guitar, one regular who always came for lectures bought the store's sofa. He said he was “used to” that sofa and so brought it to his home.
Owing to the high cost of rent, One Way Street relocated to Chaoyang Joy City in 2012, under the name Owspace. Although its name has changed, the bookstore remains undeterred in its goal of offering quality salons and recommending good books. Its warm lamplight is like a lighthouse in the sea, illuminating the way home. On weekends, free cultural salons are unvaryingly available, and lovers of literature, spread throughout the corners of the city, go out of their way to meet here. For obsessed readers, One Way Street is more than a bookstore, it is a place where they can exchange ideas with like-minded friends. Despite the dwindling “living space” in the city, that group of readers has only continued to grow. Offering a place of peace and serenity, many readers come here, buy a cup of coffee and read a book over the afternoon. Amid the well-arranged bookshelves, one always finds young or middle-aged readers sitting with a book in hand, in quiet contemplation. In today's fastpaced, urban lifestyle fully immersing oneself in a book can be a luxury.
Nine years after its inception, One Way Street has become a culture and technology company–beijing Dandu Technology Company (“Dandu Company”). Its physical bookstore and salons are still present, but Dandu's operations have entered an era of omni-media. As the internet has become universally available, the bookstore posts notices on Weibo and Douban (Chinese media social sites) for each salon. Its cultural products are diverse and include regular themed banquets, periodicals, apps and
original brands. Each offering has its own special highlights and a sizable collection of followers.
Today, while safeguarding the serenity and cultural spirit it has cultivated, One Way Street is also integrating itself into the lives of its regulars, inspiring deep thought and wisdom through reading.
Za Shu Guan, Connecting Past and Future
Za Shu Guan, with its collection spanning some 3,000 sq.m, is among Beijing's most famous libraries. Its founder, director and musician Gao Xiaosong, is a well-known scholar.
Many readers who originally came to the library owning to its renowned founder have been deeply captivated by its atmosphere and have become its faithful fans.
Seven kilometres from Wangjing, Za Shu Guan is a private, non-profit library housed within the Hongchang Design Creative Industrial Park in Cuigezhuang. Consisting of a Chinese culture library and a new book library, Za Shu Guan houses nearly one million volumes of books and paper documents. Its Chinese culture library preserves books published before 1949 and accounts for the majority of Za Shu Guan's collection. The library conserves more than 200,000 threadbound documents from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1644–1911), over 200,000 periodicals and books from the Republic of China (1912–1949) period, over 50,000 Western books, some 100,000 new books and around 200,000 letters, manuscripts and archives by prominent figures. Books housed in its new book library were all published after 1949, though they make up a small percentage of Za Shu Guan's books.
Taking its large collection into consideration, the Chinese culture library was divided into eight sublibraries. The first floor includes the new book library, Sinology library in foreign languages and its letter and manuscript archive centre (I). The second floor features an ancient thread-bound book library, ancient folk customs library and the letter and manuscript archives centre (II). The third floor includes periodicals from late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China period next to the wing dedicated to books and documents from the Republic of China. This wealth of resources leaves most readers in awe. Walking among the shelves, one can find many precious books, like the five volumes of Selected Works of Mao Zedong published by
Jin Cha Ji Daily in May 1944, the first version of the Complete Works of Lu Xun (1938) and nearly 14,000 kinds of periodicals printed during the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China period. The ancient folk custom library houses some 100,000 books on tanci (a kind of talking-and-singing music), drum songs and scripts for ballad-singers. In the new book library, readers can find Confucian classics, classic Chinese novels, the collected works of celebrities from modern China, literature in modern China, history books, philosophy books, foreign literature and children's books,
all published after 1949. To help readers nestle in, the library offers fruit, coffee, hot tea and a cosy, quiet environment, soothing their minds as they enter this vast world of books.
Hard-working staff can be found all over Za Shu Guan. Owing to its limited capacity and a desire to protect its ancient texts, Za Shu Guan limits the number of visitors. To streamline the process, readers can make an appointment via Wechat, by website or by phone. As a rule, the Chinese culture library receives 100 visitors each day, and the new book library can handle 200. In the new book library, readers are free to read as they like. In the Chinese culture library, however, readers must give the staff a borrower's slip to have a book retrieved. Borrowed books have to be read one at a time and are taken to a designated reading area for perusal.
Despite its admission limit, the library is overwhelmed by a large number of visitors. Many netizens leave messages like the following on online platforms: “Basically it takes several days for you to make an appointment.”
This booming scene makes people realise the charm of books and reading. Gao Xiaosong put it well when speaking about his original vision: “Za Shu Guan is a non-profit library where like-minded readers meet each other. We do not stress the collection value of these books and documents. Rather, we hope that more readers can open and read these books.”
Liyuan Library, A Serene Place
Liyuan Library is known as “a paradise in a mountain.” For urbanites looking for a place for serene relaxation, the dreamlike Liyuan Library is a perfect choice.
Southern Song (1127–1279) poet Yang Wanli once described an idyllic scene of fences, trees, fallen flowers and children chasing butterflies in a poem. Readers today are lucky if they have access to a library located in that kind of poetic scenery.
Unlike other bookstores, Liyuan Library sits in Zhihui Valley, Jiaojiehe Village, Huairou District. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, the library features a steel structure and glass windows that are covered by tens of thousands of wooden sticks. These sticks let sunshine in, while reducing overall exposure. To enter the library, visitors have to walk across a bridge.
As has been reported, in order to blend the building into the surrounding environment, its designer Li Xiaodong used 45,000 wooden sticks donated by local villagers and made them into fences behind a glass curtain. The steel- glass structure allows for both good lighting and sturdy construction, while its outer wall was made of branches and trunks of trees like locust trees and mulberry. Expertly placed, the wood produces balanced lighting and a cultural atmosphere.
The building looks more like a work of art work embraced by the natural landscape than a library. Walking across the wooden bridge, visitors will catch
sight of a doorway opposite a pear tree in the backyard. Passing through the doorway, a cobbled plaza with wooden steps leads downward. Descending those steps, one finally comes to the entrance of the library.
Walking on the wooden floor with bare feet helps one feel in contact with nature. The well- arranged space lends an extra pleasure to reading. Readers can enjoy a book while bathing in the sun. In this library surrounded by water, trestle roads, cobblestones and fallen leaves, the soul is steeped in the fragrance of nature and books.
This nature-themed library follows the day's natural rhythm. With no tap water or electricity, the library closes before sunset. The library is only open 9–11:30 a.m. and 1:30–4:40 p.m. during weekends from April to October each year. Would-be readers who miss that window have to wait until next year.
There are classics and modern works from history to romance. Patrons can read and donate books to the library. Staff members record information about donated books and their donors, and put said books on shelves for shared reading.” With no modern search tools, readers must choose books they like at random. Whether adults or children, all readers speak in hushed tones to maintain a quiet atmosphere.
Liyuan Library offers books to read and a communication space free of charge to tourists and villagers. People can donate three books to the library and take one book home. This practice helps enrich the collection and boosts interpersonal communication. The remote location has never limited the scope of the library. Both the local community and people in Central Beijing come here to enjoy a tranquil moment.
Yan Ji You, Multi-faceted Bookstore
Innoway, located in the core area of Zhongguancun, is where one can find the most intensive innovation and startup resources. During the day, tech developers come together to brainstorm the future. In this hitech world, a 24-hour bookstore has opened, adding some cultural flavour to this bustling centre of excellence.
Its name, Yan Ji You, comes from the radicals for the traditional character she (meaning “design”): “Yan” means verbal communication, “ji” stands for individual difference and “you” symbolises multiple possibilities. One part bookstore, coffee bar, activity space and art gallery, Yan Ji You is more than just the sum of its parts. Each month, it offers cultural salons, startup lectures and youth art shows. The multi-faceted bookstore is at once a design space, hot spot for fashion brands and gathering place for artistic youths. Yan Ji You has two stores in Beijing, one in Zhongguancun and another in Daxing's LIVAT.
“A book in each corner” is
another brand objective at Yan Ji You and the core element of its design. Books dominate its 3,600 sq. m. No less than 100,000 books are stacked within the bookstore's two storeys. To cater to the aesthetics and desires of a younger crowd, the bookstore is decorated in a factory- themed style that draws the eyes with the first step through the doors.
The first floor consists of a book bar, a coffee bar and an activity space. One of the first things people notice here is the spiral staircase connecting the first and second floors, with elegant yet simple wooden steps and the filled wooden bookshelves that act as handrails. Further inside is the coffee bar, which is also a “book wall” more than 10 metres long. Even the coffee tables are packed with books, part of Yan Ji You's vision to have “a book in each corner.” Day or night, the coffee bar is a crowd favourite, brimming with customers. Nothing chases away fatigue like a serene moment between a cup of coffee and a good book.
More spacious and simple, the second floor is the embodiment of an exhibition hall. Shelves full of books stand along the four walls, surrounding Yan Ji You's logo in the middle. A true feeling of relaxation pervades the open space.
In this area, the bookstore cooperates with DIY, potted plant, floriculture and home design brands. It has set up three small classrooms in the children's book area as well. In cooperation with preschool centres and kindergartens, these classrooms are used to engage children in picture book reading as well as interactive, recreational and instructive activities. Services include parent- child activities and courses in English, art, music and painting. In addition, a children's creative art centre also provides colourful activities for both children and adults.
Aside from this thoughtful planning, other interesting features await visitors. The Muzen Little Prince radio is an “audible cultural pursuit.” Here one can find a trumpet-shaped pendant lamp, a work of both form and function. The lamp and other details exude a modern style within the simple space.
At night, as Zhongguancun's developers bring their high- gear work to a close, the warm light of the bookstore is a way to the mind. Immersed in a fast-paced working schedule, developers often find Yan Ji You's reading space a refreshing change of pace.
The Bookworm, a Most Beautiful Bookstore
When it comes to appreciating the cultural landscape of a city, a traveller can hardly do better than a library. The Bookworm, a book bar on Sanlitun South Road, has long been called a must-visit bookstore for travellers to Beijing.
The book bar, with its logo of a little bookworm reading a book, is
operated by foreigners and offers food, drinks, and a good read. Its exotic design is a much-talked-about topic among foreigners and Chinese readers alike. The Bookworm sits on the second floor of an old building in the Sanlitun Area. Though decidedly unimpressive on the outside, the book bar has an interesting “soul.”
Walking up the creaky wooden stairway, visitors are greeted with the names of famous writers and their works: Journey to the West by Ming Dynasty novelist Wu Cheng'en, Mao Cheng Ji by modern writer Lao She, 1984 by English novelist George Orwell and To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. At the top of the stairs, the shop's glass door can be found; the entrance to another world.
Most readers here are foreigners. Amid the soft lamplight and fragrance of coffee and cocktails, visitors from different countries chat about books and life while sitting around tables. Everyone works to keep their voices down to maintain a quiet atmosphere.
Portraits of Chinese and foreign writers line the walls, such as Mo Yan (a Chinese writer born in 1955) and Gillian Mccain. These kinds of details, while minor, enhance the style of the book bar. The bar is stuffed with 16,000 books, packed in bookshelves that touch the ceiling. Patrons have to use a ladder to reach the higher books. The shop spans several hundred square metres. Readers may take any book off the shelves. As most of its readers are foreigners, Chinese books only take up a small part of the shop. The majority of the books are foreign works. Even the category labels for the bookcases are written in English. There are books about Chinese culture written by foreign authors, such as travel guides in English and magazines such as National Geographic and Business Week.
With its low-key, reserved style, The Bookworm has created a special atmosphere, attracting hordes of readers from far and wide.
The Bookworm is divided into three spaces. The main book shop is in the back. Here, one can catch sight of a blackboard with the words “The Secret Rooftop Garden” written in chalk, highlighting the features of the bar, events space and store. The bar's counter is packed with delicate wine bottles. There are several blackboards enticing patrons with coffee, Tibetan milk, pastries, and the bar's specials—and things like Italian dumplings with mushroom and spinach filling—while handsome waiters greet and serve customers. As the most dynamic, foreign bookstore in Beijing, The Bookworm is a place where readers can be themselves with more than just the written word. In its other two areas, the library and relaxation area, patrons can read, enjoy music or try a cup of tea. Insulated world from the frenetic outside world, reading here can help slow things down to a more enjoyable pace.
Books on politics, philosophy and even children's picture books are well-placed in a natural, organised manner. Patrons can buy books, apply for a library card or read books in the bar. As a spiritual crystallisation of writers and a communication platform, the book bar brings together students, reporters, writers and artists.
In truth, as with many other bookstores, book sales alone bring in little profit. Most revenue comes from its activities; The Bookworm's most visible calling card. Options include regular literary events, book signings, cocktail parties, classical music appreciation gatherings and more. Their annual Bookworm International Book Festival has been so successful that it has been included in the World Book Festival Alliance. Frequently inviting scores of foreign and Chinese writers as guests, The Bookworm is a cultural place where people can enjoy food, meet friends, read books and exchange ideas.
With all of these offerings, The Bookworm is more than just a book bar. The Lonely Planet series of travel guidebooks listed The Bookworm (Beijing Sanlitun) as the only Asian bookstore in its list of the 10 best bookstores in the world. It states: ” The Bookworm does more than what a good bookstore should do. That is why The Bookworm has been rated by the media as one of the most beautiful bookstores worldwide.”
China Bookstore Yanchi Building, an Antique Bookstore
In the century- old Yanchi Tower, a bookstore is ablaze with lights all night. China Bookstore's first 24-hour bookstore, it was also the first of its kind under the administration of the Beijing Municipality.
During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Di'anmen served as the north imperial gate. It meets Jingshan Hill to the south and the Drum Tower to the north and faces Tiananmen, the south imperial gate. Taken literally, di’anmen implies world peace and harvest. Yanchi Tower, which looks like the extended wings of a wild goose from a distance, is on the left and right sides of Di'anmen.
Near the end of July and the beginning of August in 2015, China Bookstore opened its 24hour branch, selling ancient books at Yanchi Tower. In doing so, the cultural relic was restored, returning some elegance to the increasingly bustling city.
Situated in an ancient structure with profound historical charm, the bookstore itself has an antique appeal. As one walks towards Yanchi Tower, two boards inscribed with the characters for China Bookstore greet readers. Stepping into the bookstore, several milky columns standing in the first floor catch one's eyes. This floor is for regular reading and sales. Historically, the Yanchi
Building had a width of 15 rooms, although when it was renovated in 2013, it was restored to 10 rooms in the west and four rooms in the east, due to geographical considerations. All the rooms are interconnected; no room stands alone. The columns standing at an interval of three or 4 metres demark the rooms. Wooden bookshelves, desks and chairs are orderly placed in these rooms. Though one may think a 24-hour bookstore is merely convenient, it also houses a large number of ancient texts alongside books on history and culture. Many collectors of ancient books have been attracted to the bookstore to hunt for treasures. The second floor features areas for reading, academic salons and book signings. The second floor is supported by horizontal and vertical columns and has smaller area and a lower height. Tall readers should take care as it is easy to bump one's head.
There are a wide variety of books in Yanchi. Taking a new approach, books are arranged according to the needs of different groups of customers that come in during the morning, afternoon and evening. In this way, there are books on maintaining health, calligraphy and painting for the elderly; books on Beijing's history and culture for tourists; and books on fashion, literature and art for white collar workers.
The city is raucous and alive during the day. Among the throngs of people, one finds tourists resting their feet and bookworms hunting for books in the bookstore. As night begins to fall, the city gradually becomes quiet. However, for the Yanchi China Bookstore and its readers, it is just the beginning of their book-themed nightlife.
A ray of sunlight shines on the bookstore's logo, projecting its silhouette on flagstones outside. In front of the entrance, nearby residents come to relax and while away idle hours, as the elderly chit chat and children ride scooters while laughing and chasing each other. Yet only a heartbeat away, another world can be found inside the bookstore. Stepping into the 24- hour branch, silence soothes the mind. Books on a variety of subjects are placed on the shelves in the display area on the north side. These books include ancient texts alongside works of literature, history, the art, and traditional Chinese culture. The shelves offer books that suit a reader's tastes, while four wooden desks and 16 chairs provide a comfortable place for reading. Before 10 p. m., it is already crowded with readers.
Summer is the best season for night reading. During this time, the 24-hour bookstore peaks between 9 p.m. and 12 p.m. After midnight, readers gradually begin to leave, and the bookstore goes through its silent moments of the day. When it gets to be 5 a.m. or 6 a.m., some of the people who plan to attend the Tian'anmen flag-raising ceremony come inside the bookstore, resting their feet while doing some reading.
Page One, Beijing Fun branch
Owspace, formerly known as One Way Street Bookstore
Za Shu Guan
Yan Ji You Bookstore
The Bookworm, one of the most beautiful book bars in the world
China Bookstore Yanchi Building