As more and more people are buying books online, bookshops are having an especially hard time. Many book-lovers found their favorite placse closed and many neighborhoods lost their treasured local bookstores. However, these bookshops survived, and thrived despite of the challenges. While some of these places are frequented by Beijing intellectuals from academia, others are favored by common readers. One thing is for sure: If you like books, you will love them all!
1 Wansheng Book Garden 万圣书园
If you have time for only one bookstore, Wansheng is the one to visit. It is situated between Tsinghua University and Beijing University, the two most prestigious universities in mainland China. And it is definitely frequented by many students and professors from these institutions. There is also a coffee shop the store where you can expect to encounter some really prominent figures of China's intelligensia and eavesdrop on their conversations. Of course, if your Chinese is good enough.
Address: 59-1, Chengfu Rd. Haidian District 海淀区成府路59-1