Unless your Chinese is absolutely fabulous, then reading books in Mandarin or Cantonese can be a long, tiring task, not the pleasure experience reading is supposed to provide. But English speaking bookworms are not completely lost in China. In fact, thanks to the country’s almost insatiable desire to learn English, as well as a rapid increase in the number of expats here, foreign language books are becoming increasingly popular and available nationwide. We’ve managed to track down a few places in Xi’an where (fingers crossed) you may just find an English book that interests you.
Foreign Language Bookstore 外文书店 View In Map
The best place to hunt down an English language novel or book is the Foreign Language Bookstore. Almost every major city in China has one these days, but don’t expect to be overwhelmed by the fabulous selection of English books – whether in Xi’an or in any city in China. Expect to find a handful of popular novels and classic prose. You’ll also find bucket loads of English language text books and dictionaries for studying purposes.
Add: 349 Dong Dajie, Xincheng District, Xi’an
Tel: 029 8721 9872?
Jiahui Hantang Book City 嘉汇汉唐书城 View In Map
The largest bookstore in Xi’an, Book City has a fairly decent selection of imported English books. You’ll find a wide range of books here, from educational ones, to classic novels, and modern literature to children’s books. The place gets swamped with people at the weekends, so for a more pleasant browsing experience, come during a weekday.
Add: 111 Chang’an Zhonglu, Yanta District, Xi’an
Tel: 029 85219888
Opening times: 09:00-21:00
Xi’an Book Building 西安图书大厦 View In Map
Another place worth checking out is the Xi’an Book Building, four floors of books as far as the eye can see. Though the vast majority of books are in the Chinese language, you will find a small selection of English books on the second floor. The building also houses a small audio and video section, as well as a café.
Add: 214 Jiefang Lu, Xi’an
Tel: 029 87416666
Opening hours: 09:00-21:00
Bell Tower Xinhua Bookstore 钟楼新华书店 View In Map
Another very small English language book selection can be found at the Bell Tower Xinhua Bookstore. Unless you’re nearby, your best bet for English books is still the Foreign Language Bookstore or even the Book City. However, if you’re also looking for stationary, cards, wrapping paper etc. then it may be worth checking out and to trying to kill two birds with the one stone. Otherwise don’t expect an English-language book Mecca here.
Add: 377 Dong Dajie, Xi’an
Tel: 029 8724 0844
Opening hours: 09:00-20:00
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