Tag Archives: China

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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Are You An Honest Book Buyer

Last month a new concept in bookselling was launched in Nanjing, China. Located in a popular square in the city’s Baixia district, the “Honesty Bookshop” operates without a cashier or onsite staff, because customers pay for their purchases by dropping … Continue reading

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Lost

Regular followers of TBTP are aware of my fondness for old school, print travel magazines. So you won’t be surprised that I’m looking forward to seeing more from the new travel publication from China of all places. Shanghai-based LOST magazine focuses … Continue reading

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Going, Going, Gone

If you are a regular follower of TBTP, you know that I’m a big fan of the peripatetic French street artist Seth Globepainter (aka Julien Malland). He recently spent some time in Shanghai working with local artists on a series … Continue reading

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A Really Long Train Ride

I love a long train ride, but I don’t know if I’m up for the Trans-Mongolian/Trans-Siberian Railway trip from Beijing to Irkusk. Maybe I’ll just settle for this very condensed version of the 4,500 mile journey below.

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