Situated on the central axis directly behind the Civic Centre, according to many in China, Shenzhen's government operated just in case you were wondering how it remained open while people seem to go there to read books and not purchase them Central Book City is said to be the world's biggest bookshop.
The centre is really a mall, with many speciality shops for art, music, CDs and videos. Much of the range of products available are unique compilations of videos featuring old Hollywood favorites, beautiful Chinese art books, and esoteric CDs. A great place for browsing.
There are lots of places to eat and drink bakeries, the Japanese noodle chain Ajisen Ramen and others.
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There are all sorts of themed eating and drinking places. But the best place plays to two of our weaknesses: at the Shang Shu Bar you can relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine, reading your favourite book in an antique bed.
See the section on Culture.
Like so many things in China, the concept of a youth palace has Soviet origins. It was all premised on the replacement of the family by the state. Now such theoretical rhetoric has disappeared, crushed by the inevitable wheel of history; the Youth Palace is once again just a centre of youth culture. You can see kids' art on display and watch children's movies.
The building is worth a mention. It's an agglomeration of geometric shapes, cones, cylinders, and spheres all in glass. A four-storey waterfall courses around the central glass cylinder. The building was the subject of an international architectural competition in 1997. Work started in 2000; the building opened in 2005.
Address: Fuzhong First Rd. Futian.
Metro is Shao Nian Gong on lines 2 and 4 Exit D Buses: 10, 25, 64, 65, 71, 105, 111, 215
Website: http: //www. shenzhenparty. Com/place/theater/shenzhen-childrens-palace.