The Humanistic Archaeology Bookstore in Beijing

It's hard to believe that such a specialized bookstore some 125 square meters in size has managed to survive for almost 10 years despite challenges brought by the rise of e-commerce and the global pandemic.

More surprisingly, the quiet little bookstore, the only independent one in the country dedicated to archaeology and museology, is quiet famous in the fields both in China and abroad.

Opened in 2012, the founder of the book shop, An Yezhi came up with the idea of opening a bookstore specialized in archaeology with the encouragement of her husband and friends who work in the field. 

But she had never thought it would be so hard.  

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