Best Bookstores in Beijing
As the cultural center of China, Beijing has plenty of bookshops with a large variety of books in all fields. Commonly, each big bookshop in this city is divided into sections according to different books for sale: Literature, Arts, Academic Books, Business, Administration, Practical Books, Education, References, Engineering, Computer, Industry and Miscellaneous. VCDs, DVDs and other kinds of digital reading materialscan also be found in bookshops. In addition to those, some bookshops have computerized Book Search to help the buyers conveniently locate the books they want. Furthermore, the bookshops will introduce New Arrivals, New Journals and Best Sellers tothe buyers. Some bookshops even have Book Sales Rankings. These will help the buyers make their choices more easily.
Here list some biggest and best bookstores in Beijing:
|Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore|
Chinese name: 王府井新华书店（wáng fǔ jǐng xīn huá shū diàn）
Wangfujing Bookstore, aka Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore, is the one of the best bookstores in Beijing and largest chain bookshop in China with thousands of branches. Wangfujing Xinhua Bookstore is known as the largest one in China. It offers a large collection of books involving politics, economics, literature, education, art and science, with a total number nearly 200,000 books. VCDs, DVDs and digital reading materials can also be found in the bookshop.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 21:30
Location: No.218, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District (next to Oriental Plaza)
As one of the best bookstores in Beijing, it is not very big one, but it offers many traditional Chinese literature works. The new books here are at an 80% discount normally, while there are some second hand books as well at much cheaper prices. Additionally, you will find an impressive selection of books on Chinese painting, calligraphy and photography.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Weekdays)
Location: No.115, East Liulichang Street, Xicheng District
Beijing Language and Culture University Press Bookstore
This is the best one from which to buy Chinese language learning books of all levels. There are also dictionaries, encyclopedias, linguistic books and reading materials from which to choose.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 17:00 (Weekdays) 09:00 - 16:00 (Weekends)
Location: Chengfu Rd, Haidian District
Beijing Book Building
There is a great variety of books from which you may choose. In this biggest bookstore in Beijing, you will find books written in English in the basement, and there are many Chinese language learning materials on the third floor. The personnel in the bookshop are very helpful, and they speak English.
Location: No.17, West Changan Avenue, Xicheng District
Yansha Tushu Tiandi
Located on the sixth floor of Lufthansa Friendship Shopping Center, it's known as one of the best bookstores in Beijing. Plenty of artistic picture albums from home and abroad are found here. There are over 8,000 kinds of imported books, of which the books from Hong Kong and Taiwan comprise the greatest part. Apart from that, the classical CDs, VCDs are all worth buying as a collection.
Location: 6/F, Lufthansa Friendship Shopping Center, No.1, Yuanda Rd, Haidian District
As the most popular foreign language bookstore in Beijing, Bookworm can easily catch your attention by its huge red wall. The bookworm Beijing is the only Asian bookstore listed in the Top 10 Bookstores around the World selected by Lonely Planet. The Bookworm Literary Festival held annually also attracts many visitors. Actually, it serves not only as a bookstore, but also a restaurant and café. If you want to relax yourself from the busy life, the Bookworm is a great choice!
Location: No.4 Building, South Sanlitun Rd, Chaoyang District
Foreign Language Bookstore
|Foreign Languages Bookstore|
Wangfujing Foreign Language Bookstore has a history of nearly 50 years, and it is the preference of many foreigners in Beijing. This one has a great number of books written in English covering literature, history, politics, art and even cooking. Most of them are published by Chinese publishing houses, while there are also some original imported books from foreign countries. There are several branches in Beijing.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
Location: No.235, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:30
Location: No.25, West Haidian Street, Haidian District
It is a large one with helpful staff members. What makes it special is its Internet Café on the second floor.
Location: No.22, East Meishuguan Rd, Chaoyang District
Import Books Bookstore
Located on the third floor of Foreign Languages Bookstore in Wangfujing Street, it sells mainly imported books. There are special shelves for publishing houses such as Oxford and Cambridge.
Also anything that can help to learn the language, learning aid for kids without English please?
Thank you for the information. When I visit China next time, I'll try to visit the place.