Guanghwa Bookshop (Shaftesbury Avenue) | Books
Guanghwa Bookshop on Shaftsbury Avenue has been a destination for travelling book lovers since it was co-founded by Mr Deng Jiaxiang and Mr Liu Xin in 1971. It has long-served as a literary hub for Chinese residents of London, tourists, oriental enthusiasts, even notable academics (The Cambridge History of China’s chief editor used to purchase reference books here).
Today, over 5000 tomes of all stripes are sold at Guanghwa, from novels, prose, herbal medicine and martial arts, to history and philosophy. English speakers will delight in their beautiful coffee-table worthy art books and Chinese language learning aids. They sell beautifully illustrated children’s books too and welcome Chinese authors for book signings.
Guanghwa is also an arts and crafts supplier, retailing all manner of exquisite traditional Asian calligraphy accoutrements, delicate handmade paper cuttings, postcards and stationery.
Far more than just a bookshop, hosting weekly workshops for calligraphy or painting and children’s reading activities. Indeed, their philosophy is to be an all-round Chinese culture centre.
With an extensive network of suppliers across Asia, Guanghwa is lucky enough to source super rare and unusual titles and products from all over the Far East, so you’re guaranteed to discover something unique, if you’re an academic or otherwise.