Q&A: Where to enjoy books, magazines and newspapers in English


You may not know this, but we have a massive 'Questions & Answers' (Q&A) section on our website www.wnichangsha.com and we have now decided to drop commonly asked questions into our wechat articles. That said, here at What's New in Changsha, we still need your help! So, if you know of a new and interesting topic that we haven't yet covered or if our content is out of date, please let us know! [email protected]

The type of info we need includes stuff like...

  • Stores with items foreigners might like

  • Procedures at any Gov departments

  • Good vegan or vegetarian restaurants

  • Where to buy fabric for tailoring

  • Removals company with good English

  • English language bookshops

  • Reliable property agents

  • Good housecleaning, babysitting services

                      (the list is endless! - just let us know!)



The most notable book shop in Changsha is the Xinhua store, with the main branch located close to downtown on the junction of Renmin Lu and Furong Lu, about a five minute walk from Furong Square metro station. 

It's also a few minutes away from the Wyndham Hotel.

Xinhua is China's most authoritative resource on literature and specialises in factual content. They have a limited English section though but do stock novels. You might also find some up to date city maps. There may be other bookstores nearby that you can check out and browse at your leisure. You should find most big city malls also have a couple of fairly modern, stylish bookshops which are worth checking out.

The full address of the bookstore is


 Sadly, Changsha does not have a full-on English only bookshop and many expats resort to Taobao and other online platforms to satisfy their literary thirst. There are many such websites and asking other foreigners for their recommendations will help. 

We have been told that www.bookdepository.com is a great resource.


There is a book group who meet to discuss titles, content and new ideas on favourite books. The group is informal, relaxed and free to join. They currently meet every fortnight although you can add Dillon, the founder of the group, and he'll explain more to you.


Hunan library has quite an impressive range of books, magazines, periodicals and novels from across the globe. Located on the third floor (where you can also find an impressive range of children's books along with lectures and activities most weekends), publications for browsing and borrowing include Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Nature, Time and whole host of recent newspapers, such as Washington News, The Times and more.

Why not check to see if they have your favourite novel or magazine before you go there? Copy/paste the below weblink into your browser to start a book search. The library also has extra services ...including geneology!


Note that the English section is closed on Mondays

Address: No.169, North Shaoshan Road, Changsha
Tel:+86 73184129413, 84174128
Card Applying Service Tel: (+86 731) 84174122
Book Renew Tel: (+86 731) 84174174

Website: www.library.hn.cn/english

Nearest Metro: Yuan Jia Ling (10min walk)

The library has limited parking facilities

You can check out more about Hunan Library in our special article here (note that the article via the link below shows the English section to be closed on Tuesdays, but this has now moved to being closed only on Mondays):



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