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Since the turn of the century, China has seen bookshops the size of department stores springing up everywhere, in which hordes of young people, standing or squatting, literally read the books to pieces. This image is not only indicative of China's burgeoning literary passion, but also illustrates how far its book industry has developed since the economic reforms of 1979.

Please view the rest of the mapping for a more detailed analysis of the literature scene in China.


This mapping is not an open source but is meant to be a collection of views and articles on the contemporary cultural scene in China. We are open to all contributions, and invite readers to submit new parts or updates to this mapping.