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Getting to know Vivian Ni, Manager of Guanghwa Bookshop

By  Customer Service

This month we learned about how Vivian celebrated Chinese New Year, the biggest festival of the year, as a child: gathering with family, observing strict rituals and solving riddles during Lantern Festival. She also shared her very relevant insights into how things have changed… Continue reading

Jan 17

Guanghwa Bookshop Celebrates its 45th Anniversary

By  Selina

45Established in Chinatown London in 1971,  Guanghwa Bookshop has been the UK’s first and only Chinese bookshop and is now celebrating its 45th anniversary. On the celebration event on 6th December 2016, Guanghwa told its own story of going through an era of China’s national turmoil and serving as a medium of communication between the East and the West in the 1970’s. Continue reading

Dec 16

From big-character posters to award-winning calligrapher: An interview with calligrapher Xu Jianchu

By  Customer Service

At the age of 13 Mr Xu Jianchu, calligraphy teacher at Guanghwa Books, first got involved in the painting of big-character posters during the Cultural Revolution.

Flash forward to 2016 and after numerous awards and international exhibitions, Mr Xu is now President of the UK Chinese Poetry Calligraphy & Painting Society, and Honorary Principal of the “Yancheng Shifu” Art College of China. Continue reading

Dec 16

October Book Recommendations

By  Gigi Chan


Know’st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?
———————————D.G. Rossetti

See below for our book recommendations for October! In this month, we would like to share with you some new titles and series that we recommend. We would love to hear your thoughts about these titles and if you need any more information on these or any of our other titles, do get in touch!


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Oct 16

An interview with James Trapp, Primary Network Coordinator for the UCL IoE Confucius Institute

By  Customer Service

James Trapp was 14 when he sighted a small bronze figure of a seated leopard that was excavated in Hebei province from the tomb of a second-century BC princess.

It was this visit to the Royal Academy Chinese art exhibition that had him hooked on all things Chinese, especially Chinese art. For James, it proved a gateway to what we know as a fascinating culture and civilisation.

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Oct 16