Shanghai, by and large, is a city of hype. Shanghaiist has and will continue to contribute to it, propping up events, holding out hope for free beer, and generally trying to see the good in the sometimes random governmental edicts. But the weary wait for someone, anyone, to open a real western book store — with books and maybe even magazines — has taken its toll. But now, Chaterhouse Booktrader has us hooked. The location, under Times Square down on Huaihai Zhong Lu (in the basement) is OK. The prices, well, they’re best described as “airport.” But the selection? Oh, the selection. PC Gamer magazine sits next to Xbox Live next to Playstation Monthly. If that’s not your thing, they have car, gun and fashion mags — and books, too … in previously non-existant (in Shanghai) categories like Science Fiction. Yes, it might all be a dream. Yes, they’re from Hong Kong. Yes, go. Right now. Before someone wakes up and realizes what’s going on here. Because if someone realizes that what people want is selection, whatever will the market do?
Chaterhouse Booktrader, Shop B1-E, Shanghai Times Square, 93 Huaihai Zhong Lu (上海市淮海中路９３号大上海时代广场B1-E店), Tel: 6391-8237.
Photo by Peijin Chen.
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