Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praises Beijing’s first 24-hour Bookshop April 24, 2014 – Posted in: bookshops, Reading / Literacy – Tags: ,

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This one might take the World Book Day cake.

On World Book Day in China Premier Li Keqiang sent a letter to the staff of Beijing’s Sanlian Taofen Bookstore.

Sanlian Taofen Bookstore. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang letter

Recently the bookshop, which is owned by the China Publishing Group Corp, started a government-funded trial period of staying open 24 hours a day.

And it looks like its working.

Li praised the creative idea of a 24-hour bookstore and that it sets a  good example for nationwide reading and hoped it could become a spiritual landmark of a city to make reading a common practice.

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Hmm.. “could become a spiritual landmark…to make reading a common practice” – Take that world leaders.

Sanlian Taofen Bookstore 2. Zou Hong China Daily

Of course, as with any establishment staying open 24-hours, you will have to deal with this:

Sanlian Taofen Bookstore 1. Zou Hong China Daily

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But seriously, a concept worth exploring in major metropolitan areas around the globe.

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