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Xiamen Once Bookstore, the most beautiful bookstore in China

Updated: 2012-07-16
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Once Bookstore
Xiamen Once Bookstore
 
A bookstore in Xiamen has recently won the online reputation of being the most beautiful bookstore in China.

Once Bookstore (不在书店), a 3-story villa of the shape of a boat, is located near Zhongshan Park on Huaxin Road. The area has many villas and mansions built in the 1950s by overseas Chinese who returned to China from Southeast Asia.

It has a garden in its courtyard and the bookstore was decorated like a library at your home with couches provided. Old stuffs placed in the corners remind its readers of the passage of time.

Ms. Kang, a reader who frequently visits the bookstore, said,"Once stepping into here, the feeling is different from other bookstores. It doesn't look like a bookstore, but gives the feeling of being at home."
 
Emma, a British tourist who made the bookstore one of her few stops in China, said:"It reminds me of a library. A very friendly library. Comfortable. So this is not just a business to them. It is a real love for them. They have passion for books. And there is a very good wide selection of books here."

Encroaching popularity of online bookstores, e-books and rising rents have crushed many private bookstores in China. O2Sun, a Xiamen-based private bookstore chain with a history of 16 years, closed all of its outlets in China last year.

Maizi, the owner of the store with more than 10,000 books said:"It is now time to make a change. You (the bookstore) have to provide better reading environment. Then you should find new points for profits."

Once Bookstore plans to invite cultural celebrities for salons and lectures for the next step.
 
SOURCE: WOXnews.com
   
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taodog commented on 12 Aug 2012
Just curious: "mansions...built in the 1950s by over-seas Chinese returning.." ??? Really? Extremely wealthy people returned to China in the 1950s to build mansions? Who? WHY would they do this, considering what was happening politically-economically? Very curious bit of history but just a fraction of the information for a really interesting story.
  

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