Tag Archives: China

Flying Book Beetle

Beijing-based firm LUO Studio has created an adorable mobile mini-library crafted out of recycled industrial parts. Made from an abandoned bicycle, discarded iron car sheets and reclaimed wood, the Shared Lady Beetle is a tiny contraption in the shape of a … Continue reading

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Library Porn

Every bibliophile that I know would love to have one of these in their neighborhood. This stunning little library was designed by Shulin Forest Architects to be a serene reading space for the book-loving village of Liangjiashan in Zhejiang Province, … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism Beijing

Chinese bookstore chain Xinhua has opened the nation’s first employee-less, 24-hour bookstore, in Tongzhou, a district in southeast Beijing, and plans to open another 19 similar stores in the city before the end of the year. The bookshops, which are … Continue reading

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Library of the Future

While libraries in the West struggle with budget cuts and closures, China is building institutions for the future. Looking like it’s straight out of Bladerunner 2049, the new Tianjin Binhai Library occupies five floors of a huge cultural center and … Continue reading

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Infinite Books

The Zhonghuge Bookstore in Yangzhou, China has been transformed by XL-Muse Architects into an inception-like space for bibliophiles. The illusion of infinite bookshelves is achieved with mirrors, lighting, and arched ceilings meant to reference local waterways.

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24 hour bookshop

I’ve never visited Guangzhou City, but when I do my first destination will be the wonderful 1200 Bookshop. The only 24 hour bookstore in China’s third largest city was the brainchild of architect Liu Erxi. After a long backpacking trip, … Continue reading

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Books Onboard

I don’t know how this vintage steam locomotive found its way to the middle of a bookstore in Shenyang, China, but I’m onboard with the concept of trains in bookshops. Along with the engine, they are using the old carriages for bookshelves.

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China has the best new bookstores

While beloved bookstores are closing all across the United States, remarkable shops are popping up throughout China. This incredible bookstore, designed by XL-MUSE group, is located in the new commercial center of Binjiang District in Hangzhou. photos © Shao Feng

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Come for the pandas, stay for the bookstores

Most travelers to China visit the Sichuan Province capital city of Chengdu for the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve, but bibliophiles will want to make time for the amazing Fangsuo Bookstore. With a dramatic entrance way and cavernous interiors, the bookshop … Continue reading

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Libraries of the Mind

Shanghai-based artist Jie Ma’s imagined libraries are surreal, literary dreamscapes that intrigue and challenge the viewer. The extraordinary digital images offer fantastic sci-fiesque libraries of the mind.

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