This tucked-away bookshop and tearoom is the second branch of the Qianmen antique bookstore, Zhengyang Bookstore. Located in a tranquil courtyard by an ancient pagoda, it's the ideal spot to sit back and relax with a cup of tea and some old books. While the majority of volumes are in Chinese, there is a small selection are English-language books available.
Books range from 50-150RMB and tea is sold for 68-108RMB a pot.
Also, adjacent to Zhengyang Bookstore
is Zhuanta Hutong (砖塔胡同),
which is said to be the oldest
hutong in Beijing. Dating
from the Yuan Dynasty (1267-
1368), it’s known as the earliest
recorded alley, and thus the
foundation of Beijing’s famous
hutongs. Renowned Chinese
writer Lu Xun lived at No 84 from
1923-24, which is why the hutong
was ultimately preserved rather
than demolished like many of its
compatriots – not because it was,
say, incredibly historical in its own
right or anything.