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Bookstores in Beijing

Updated:2008-06-09 10:51 | Source:

  For the native English speaker, one of the drawbacks of living or traveling in a foreign country for any extended period is finding a good English

  bookstore where one can stock up for those long train rides or nights when the only thing to watch on TV is a mediocre Hong Kong film with no English


  Luckily, Beijing is chock full of good bookstores and accessible libraries, and even has an occasional large open-air book sale.

  So, for your perusal, here are the 10 best English bookstores in Beijing:

  1. The Foreign Languages Bookstore (Waiwen Shudian)

  This store in Wangfujing has been a mainstay for foreigners in Beijing for many years. It contains a large collection of books on Chinese art, history,

  literature, language, medicine, economics and art books, post cards, all in English, the majority of which have been published by Chinese publishing houses.

  It also carries some classic Western novels and a selection of imported books on Chinese history, religion, philosophy, and a couple of dozen Western travel

  guidebooks (Lonely Planet and Fodor's).

  Hours: 9 AM - 8:30 PM

  Tel: 6512-6903

  2. The Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore (Wangfujing Xinhua Shudian)

  The second floor of this bookstore contains a very large collection of classic English and American novels, short story compilations, books on Chinese

  culture and language, imported novels, and some discounted imported fiction and nonfiction hardbacks. On the first floor is a large array of reference books,

  English dictionaries, English teacher resource books, and various Oxford guide books (to sailing, geography, history, linguistics, philosophy, etc). The

  third floor has an erratic selection of magazines.

  Across from McDonald's and next to the Oriental Plaza

  Hours: 9 AM - 9:30 PM

  Tel: 6525-2592

  3. Haidian Foreign Languages Bookstore (Waiwen Shudian)

  This foreign languages bookstore has a wide and interesting selection of books on Chinese culture, economics, literature, standard classic American and

  British novels and a small selection of older imported books. In addition, the street this bookstore is on has several used bookstores, some of which have

  small selections of English books.

  At the Zhongguo Haidian Tushucheng, just south of Beijing University

  Hours: 9 AM - 6:30 PM

  Tel: 6252-9345

  4. The Export Books Bookstore (Waiwen Jinkou Shudian)

  Owned by and located next to the Wangfujing Foreign Languages Bookstore, this store has a large collection of imported classic and new Western novels,

  biographies, best sellers, language teaching resource and computer books, imported books on Chinese history and culture, Western dictionaries, and a

  surprisingly large selection of children's books.

  Next door to the Wangfujing Foreign Languages Bookstore

  Hours: 9 AM - 8:30 PM

  Tel: 6512-6903

  5. Beijing Books Center

  The Beijing Books Center at the Xinhua Bookstore is new and simply massive, with a large collection of English books on the second floor dealing with all

  aspects of Chinese culture and some Western classics.

  17 West Changan Ave.

  Hours: 9 AM -8:30 PM

  Tel: 6607-8477

  6. The Friendship Store English Bookstore

  Inside the first floor of the Friendship Store is a small bookstore featuring Western magazines, lots of imported books on Chinese history and culture,

  current Western novels, and travel books. (A hint about buying books at this store: if you find something here that is published in China, it is better to

  instead pick it up at the nearby Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore or the Wangfujing Foreign Languages Bookstore, since the markup at The Friendship Store is at

  times quite steep).

  17 Jianguomenwai Dajie

  Hours: 9 AM - 9 PM

  Tel: 6500-3311 ext. 312, 311

  7. The Beijing Language and Culture University Press Bookstore

  This is the best place in Beijing to buy Chinese language learning books of all levels, tapes, dictionaries, phrase and grammar books, slang books, and even

  famous Western books on linguistics.

  The Beijing Language and Culture University Press Bookstore

  Next to the south gate of the Beijing Language and Culture University

  Chengfu Lu, Haidian

  Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM - 5 PM, Sat 9AM - 4PM

  Tel: 8230-3653

  8. The China Bookstore

  This store has a small collection of English books but it is THE place in Beijing to buy Chinese art books, books on calligraphy, post cards, and photography

  books. The selection is impressive. Alongside both East and West Liulichang Street, which runs in front of the main entrance to this bookstore are several

  other good art bookstores. This famous area has sold books and art supplies in Beijing for more than 300 years. And while it is now touristy, it is still the

  place to get some excellent and cheap art books.

  115 Dongxi Liulichang Jiedao

  Hours: 9 AM - 6:30 PM

  Tel: 6317-5607

  9. Yansha Tushu Tiandi

  On the 6th floor of the Lufthansa Shopping Center is the Yanshatushutiandi Bookstore. It has a large collection of imported books on China, bestseller

  Western novels, and even Western art and photography books.

  6th Floor, Lufthansa Shopping Center

  Hours: 9 AM - 9 PM

  Tel: 6465-1188 ext. 675

  10. China Economic Bookstore

  The China Economic Bookstore has a limited number of general interest English books, but a good selection of material dealing with economic and business

  related matters in China, including reference books and dictionaries.

  China Economic Bookstore (Zhongguo Jingji Shudian)

  301 COFCO Plaza, Jianguomennei Dajie

  Hours: 9 AM - 9PM

  Tel: 6617-5893

  Book sales

  Twice a year, (usually in May and September), over 400 Chinese publishing houses Have a enormous 10-day book sale on the grounds of the Working People's

  Palace of Culture, which is located immediately south of the Forbidden City. Although most of the Books are in Chinese, you can find classic Western novels,

  good art and architecture books, and books in English on Chinese culture. It is also an excellent place to buy very inexpensive chops, CDS, and calligraphy

  materials, and maps.

  Also, during the Chinese New Year, if you wander around some of the big temple fairs, you occasionally can find some vendors selling English books.


Editor : Zhu Jia

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