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24-hour bookstore at Beijing’s ancient Yanchi Tower opens to public

Chinese bookworms now have another good place to find and enjoy literature, as a 24-hour antique-style bookstore opened on Monday at an ancient garrison tower in Beijing.

The two-story bookstore, named “China Bookshop”, is located inside the newly renovated Yanchi Tower in west Beijing. The tower was originally built in 1420, but was torn down in the 1950s to make way for a city road. The government started to renovate the building in 2012, and finished the project in 2014.

China Bookshop’s manager Yu Huagang said the west part of the 1,100-square-meter new Yanchi Tower is now open to public as a bookstore, and will provide both antique books and best-sellers.

“It will be a new cultural landmark in the city center,” Yu said.

According to Beijing Evening News, China Bookshop is part of a campaign by Beijing’s Xicheng district government to promote the culture of reading among local residents.