Librarie Avant-Garde


in Xidi

An unlikely bookshop in an unlikely place, this is the Bishan branch of the stupendous Nanjing bookshop, Librarie Avant-Garde, coaxed into existence by a pair of Beijing artists who relocated to the village. While the open-air courtyard of a restored ancestral hall may not be the best environment for books (it's awfully damp), it certainly is stunning.

There's a cafe attached with a library of used books, some of which are in English.