Shanghai Book City
Shanghai Book City
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The area
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Neighbourhood: People’s Square
People’s Square brings with it all the excitement you would expect from the town square of one of the biggest cities in the world. The area around People’s Square and People’s Park is always a abuzz with activity. Oceans of local and foreign tourists flow in and out of the area every day to see grand museums, go shopping and eat at some of Shanghai’s most storied food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and work in the many residential and office high-rises. While much of Shanghai stays busy late into the night, this really is an area that never sleeps with glitzy nightclubs keeping people up until the wee hours of the morning.
How to get there
  • People's Square • 8 min walk
  • East Nanjing Road • 8 min walk
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
7 glorious storeys of BOOKS and some foreign books! Better than none at all!!!!! Quite lovely to explore.
Written 7 May 2021
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Wai Mun T
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Shanghai book store is huge with a large collection of Chinese books for all levels. The place is very big and has 7 floors filled with different type of books properly categorized. It was not crowded when we were there on Wednesday and hence, the place is quiet. You can also enjoy a cuppa at the Starbucks located on the second floor. However, not much selection on stationery which maybe a let down if you are looking for cutely designed pens and pencils like those sold in Japanese and Korean bookstores.
Written 12 June 2019
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Christopher B
Pune, India1,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
I was simply amazed at the shear number of titles this incredible institution carries! I was thrilled to find the translation of my book LETTERS TO A YOUNG ARCHITECT there, and that too on a shelf for best selling books! The staff was very patient and helpful at every moment! I also enjoyed seeing the special arrangements for children! WOW! What a place!
Written 17 March 2019
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panaderoxyz
Humacao, Puerto Rico3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
This is an impressive bookstore. Non Chinese should look elsewhere. Seven floors and side shops fill this massive place. This is definitely a place to go if you are curious about a brick and wall bookstore functioning very successfully.
Written 10 November 2018
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sureshbabu2017
Shanghai, China97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Looking for books on Shanghai or Chinese Culture? interested in buying CDs on Chinese Music? This is the right place to be. Get down at Peoples Square Metro Station, parallel to Nanjing Road is Fuzhou Road. Once inside this book store enquire for English Books section, the friendly staff are glad to guide you. The collection of books and music CDs are so huge, be patient, plan enough time and get the book / CD you wished to buy in Shanghai. Fuzhou Road is the place you can also buy paint brushes and special papers, if you are interested in calligraphy or painting.
Written 29 November 2017
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Aikhong
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
The Shanghai Book City is renown for its seven storeys of books and merchandize. However, I found in my recent trip that it is even more interesting, personally, to go into the many shops surrounding the Book City. These shops sell not only books but all the materials for Chinese calligraphy and painting. The variety of shops gives me a more pleasant experience than just being confined to one building.
Written 17 November 2017
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sych2014
Hong Kong, China63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
This book centre has numerous books in its seven floors but all of them are in simplified Chinese. If you don't know this language then don't come here.
Written 31 January 2017
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Thanos F
Athens, Greece895 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
It is an impressive 7th floor bookstore on Fuzhou road that has a big variety of books, therefore it is considered a book Paradise for Chinese people and it is very crowded. There are signs that will guide you (both in English and Chinese) to the sector you are looking for but unfortunately the variety of foreign language books is indeed limited. However, for a shop dedicated to Foreign Languages Books (exclusively) the interested ones can walk a couple of hundred meters east (on Fuzhou road No 390) where they can find the shop "Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore".
Written 29 October 2016
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percyvakil
Mumbai, India2,434 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
This is a big bookstore. Seven floors of books.... unfortunately just one corner, less than a quarter of one floor (7th floor) of English books.
If you read Chinese there's loads of books. I don't often go to a book shop and come out empty handed and I didn't. I picked up a couple of books though I wish there were a few more English books.
Written 9 June 2016
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Lisa M
Shanghai Region, China42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016
Expats flock to Shanghai Book City as one entire floor is devoted to English-language books. Grab a Starbucks coffee from the cafe inside the multi-level bookstore and spend a rainy day just flipping through pages. There is an entire floor for kids as well with a mix of books, small reading rooms, hands-on activity tables (for an additional fee), music, posters, collectibles and more. Prices are on par for local bookstores, but do expect to pay higher prices for English-language books. Fuzhou Road is a whole-day experience as it is also home to several other bookshops and remains the "go-to" place from any and all art supplies. An interesting excursion awaits!
Written 18 May 2016
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