As an important cultural center for China, Xi'an offers plenty of bookstores, providing books on literature, academics, art, economics, politics, education, practical life, engineering, science and technology, computers, and many other categories. You may find some books in these Xi'an bookstores about the history, customs and people of the city translated into English. Some bookstores provide special services for the convenience of customers, such as computerized book searches, best seller introductions and rankings of book sales.
Xi'an Book Building (Xi'an Xinhua Bookstore)
Located at Jiefang Lu near the Xi'an Railway Station, it is said to be the largest bookstore in northwest China. It is a branch of the Xinhua Bookstore. The Xi'an Book Building has four floors of books, providing a large collection of books on literature, education, art, science, politics, economics, history and more. You can find almost anything you want. The majority of books are in the Chinese language, but you can find a selection of foreign language books on the second floor. There is also a small audio and video section offering VCDs, DVDs and digital reading materials in this building. Additionally, it has a computerized Book Search service for its customers. Its café bar is a nice place to rest.
Location: No. 236, Jiefang Road, Xincheng District
Opening Hours: 09:30-20:30
Xinhua Bell Tower Bookstore
Built in 1954, it is located at the intersection of Duanlvmen and East Street. It has a total area of more than 7000 square meters, making consumers feel its openness and comfort. It offers all kinds of books with a total of nearly 120,000 books to meet the demands of different groups of readers. You will find a small selection of English language books here.
Location: No. 377, East Street, Beilin District
Opening Hours: 09:30-20:30
Xi'an Foreign Language Bookstore
It is your first choice when hunting for a foreign language book in Xi'an. You can find English-language paperback novels, classics, prose, Chinese culture and travel, Lonely Planet guides and some foreign magazines in this bookstore. As well, you can expect to find many English language textbooks and dictionaries here. A good bilingual map of Xi'an may also be found here.
Location: No. 349, East Street
Opening hours: 09:00-19:30
Jiahui Hantang Book City
Jiahui Hantang Book City is located in the Xiaozhai commercial area. It offers a wide range of books numbering more than 300,000, including books on practical life, Chinese and foreign literature, social sciences, education, children's books, science and technology, economic management, military law, art, humanities, social science and other major categories. It also has a fairly decent selection of imported English books. During the weekend, there are crowds of people in this bookstore, so it is better to visit it during a weekday.
Location: No. 111, Chang'an Zhong Lu, Yanta District
Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00
Wan Bang Bookstore
As one of the popular Xi'an bookstores, it is a featured one near Shaanxi History Museum. After visiting the museum, you may go there to enjoy its elegance and quiet reading atmosphere. It is divided into six main areas, including non-academic areas, special area, humanities and social sciences, art appreciation, integrated area and non-book area. You can find some foreign literature books in the non-academic areas. In the special area, you can find books of Japanese, dining culture, tea culture, anti-utopia and some other categories. Books at discount prices are available on the second floor, always mixed with some old books, calligraphy and painting.
Xiaozhai Branch: No. 55, West Street of Xingshan Temple
Longhu Branch: 1F, Longhui Xingyuehui Shopping Center, No. 888, North Xinkaimen Road
Shengda Branch: 2F, Shengda Square, No. 3, Tangyan Road
Lifeng Branch: 9F, Lifeng International Shopping Mall, No. 6, South Jinhua Road
Located nearby Tang Paradise, Qujiang Bookstore is known as one of the most beautiful libraries in Xi’an. Different from the traditional bookstores, it integrates books, shopping, leisure, culture and entertainment together, providing readers a novel cultural experience. The total area of the bookstore is 18,000 square meters with 4 floors, including nearly 120,000 kinds of books. The decoration style of Qujiang Bookstore is simple and fashionable with modern style.
Location: 1F, Building No. 10, Furong Xintiandi Square, intersection of South Furong Road and West Furong Road
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
The name of Sisyphean Bookstore originated from SiSYPHE in Greek Mythology. It was establish in Zunyi on August 08, 1993. This bookstore has adhered to the value concept of “participating in local spiritual life” and developed the chain bookstore with the business philosophy of "promoting the reading of general people". Nowadays, it is on the list of Popular Xi'an Bookstores.
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Yitian Branch: 4F, Yitian Holiday Shopping Mall, No. 166, West Changle Road
Wanda Branch: L3, Gaoxin Wanda Plaza, intersection of Tangyan Road and Keji 7th Road
I will stay for one year in Xi'an and really miss reading a good novel. I've already been twice at the bell tower and on the east street to look for the foreign bookstore, but I just can't find it. Can someone please give me turn-by-turn directions form the bell tower to the bookstore?
Thank you in advance,