Librairie Avant-Garde (Wutaishan)

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Librairie Avant-Garde (Wutaishan)

Librairie Avant-Garde (Wutaishan)
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

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Kong C
Bethesda, MD199 contributions
Solo
I read about this place from a CNN piece in 2013 and was intrigued ever since. I was exploring the city in the pouring rain one day, and just happened upon it. I ended up spending more than a few hours in the shop. Being a sucker for good reads, this was heaven on earth, well more precisely heaven in an underground parking garage. The store targets local intellectuals, and more towards arts, history, and culture (as suppose to science and medicine), but this is definitely a place where I can easily spend hours or days. As any modern westernized bookstores, it does have a posh coffee shop; but I'll bet the Mini-Cooper parked in the center of the store is very unique. I had picked out 7 books to purchase, but seeing the line at the checkout and the rain outside made me change my mind. I will be back!
Written June 2, 2016
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tRaveL2Move
Nanjing, China19 contributions
It used to be a parking garage, and now it is a bookstore. It is huge! Very unique and they have a variety of different books. Their section for English books was fairly large, and there was a great variety. There are also a lot of room to sit and relax. There were tables and there is a coffee spot. The shop has a lot of different knick-knacks to get... and there are a lot of postcards. Not just of Nanjing, but of a lot of different pictures. (I just noticed my use of "a lot" a lot~ I'll stop) Anyway, if you love books. I would check this place out because it is great!
Written November 16, 2015
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Ryan P
Indianapolis, IN24 contributions
The Librairie Avant-Garde is incredible. Definitely worth the trip even if you don't read/speak simplified chinese/mandarin. Has a wonderful café as well.
Written May 24, 2015
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tsai2009
Orange County, CA481 contributions
Friends
This library is underground, surprisingly it doesn’t has that underground smell! Unless bookshelves with thousands books to read n buy, decor is another thing about it, you must see it. It is well known to web surfers, n one of most tagged place!
Written December 3, 2019
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Christine H
21 contributions
Solo
This is a great bookshop that is not typical of shops in China. I didn't see any books in English but found a massive range of postcards, a really nice little gift shop, and a great cafe. People are encouraged to hang out and read in a genuinely unique setting. Loved it.
Written June 24, 2018
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ShelbySkidmore
Montpelier, IN9 contributions
Friends
Most of the books are in Chinese but I did ask and was directed to the English book section. It was limited with mainly classics. They have postcards to mail for 3RMB but I’m not sure if they can be internationally mailed. If you’re a book collector I would recommend purchasing a bilingual book! They have pages which are divided into two columns for English and Chinese. Make sure to stamp it too by the postcard mailing station. They had many other items for purchase as well like bags, pencil cases, puzzles, and journals.
Written March 11, 2018
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Maja_Mei
Silesia Province, Poland25 contributions
Friends
Not only is the library beautiful (with nice stuff to buy at reasonable prices) but it's also located in a beautiful place with historical style. It was rainining when I was there and the weather was really gloomy, but it was still worth it.
Written February 19, 2018
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lunevn
Hanoi, Vietnam8 contributions
Solo
Very unique decoration and display where you can find features of history, culture and intelligence. Take a book you like, stay reading in its central reading place, feel it and you'll never forget
Written December 27, 2017
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Simon K
Beijing, China490 contributions
While the air con are largely under powered, do visit here just to see how an old under ground car park could be put into good use.
Written September 9, 2017
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Angelique T
19 contributions
Friends
Librairie Avant Garde, an underground-parking-garage bookstore in Nanjing, is one of the best of its kind.
The checkout counter is built up from thousands of old books and literary verses engraved at the front. Moreover, portraits of genuiely well-known authors such as Frank Kafka, J.P. Sartre and Ernest Hemingway are hanging around the space. A striking, enormous cross dominates on one of the walls, an expression of Qian’s Christian faith, as being a reference to sacred meaning: this place is a paradise to readers. A selection of music varying from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain to John Lennon also sets a matching tone with portraits of them sprinkled throughout the bookstore, and works by contemporary local artists hanged parrallelly (like a tandem of sets of hanging works). Book related accessories, such as postcards, notebooks and bags are for sale and meetings, conferences and events related to books and publishing business have also frequently been taking place at the bookstore.
Written July 11, 2017
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Librairie Avant-Garde (Wutaishan) is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM