Librairie Avant-Garde

- Turn something rotten into a miracle -

Librairie Avant-Garde is a vast underground parking lot that was once used as a bomb shelter, now turned into a church-looking bookstore.

I didn’t have many places on my itinerary for Nanjing since I wanted to keep it spontaneous. However, Librairie Avant-Garde was a must-go from the start. It took me nearly an hour of walking/ getting lost, and a few metro rides to get there, since it was a true hidden gem. But it was well worth it and I ended up spending almost an hour just roaming around, flipping pages. It was a happy moment in my favourite bookstore in the world. 

Although most of the books were in Chinese, I found and bought the ‘Little Prince’. It's written in English, Chinese and French all in one and I can’t wait to re-read it during my travels. Last time I read it was in middle school for an English class assignment, and I don't think I understood the true meaning of it back then. It's going to be interesting to see what impact it will make this time around.

So to anyone who will be travelling to Nanjing in the future, I highly recommend to check out Librairie Avant-Garde. It's different and I loved it.

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