Beijing Books Building

Books in Beihai Park & Xicheng North

One of China's largest state-run shu cheng, or 'book cities', this hulk of a bookstore is spread over four vast floors in a purpose-built building, and is perpetually filled with readers devouring textbooks, novels and other tomes. A small selection of fiction in English – mostly school-syllabus classics and Dan Brown – can be found on the 2nd floor.