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Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore (Xidan Galeries Lafayette), Beijing

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Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore (Xidan Galeries Lafayette), Beijing
北京钟书阁(西单老佛爷店)

Address: B1 Floor of Galeries Lafayette, 110 Xidan North Street, Xicheng district, Beijing
Opening hours: 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Tel: (+86-10) 66037997

The entrance of Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore [Photo/IC]

Covering more than 1,000 square meters, Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore (Xidan Galeries Lafayette) is home to over 60,000 books and is a conversation between fashion and classics.

A reader sits in an arch-shaped seat in the Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore. [Photo/IC]

Why it is special
The exterior of the bookstore combines traditional Beijing architectural styles, and resembles an old quadrangle dwelling.
The designers of the bookstore adopted the technique of varying sceneries with changing view-points in Chinese classical gardens to combine the classical garden motif with reading spaces. In addition, they provided novel and unique arch-shaped resting places for readers and utilized simple lines and graphics, streamers, and globes to describe the ancient buildings of Beijing in the bookstore’s children’s library.

A view of the children’s library of Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore [Photo/IC]

The city’s history and memory are presented in this limited space to make readers feel the charm of Beijing. Beijing Zhongshuge Bookstore is now one of the most beautiful bookstores in Beijing, and draws many people for photo ops.

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