East China’s Anhui province opened a bookstore for foreign experts on Wednesday in the provincial capital Hefei, the first of its kind in the country.
Jointly built by the Anhui Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, the External Publicity Office of the Anhui Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, and Anhui Xinhua Distribution Group Holding Co., the Foreign Expert’s Book House has over 2,000 volumes in five languages: English, Japanese, Russian, French and Spanish, and covering politics, economy, culture and diplomacy.
The establishment of the book house is part of the province’s move to present itself to the world and improve the local environment for attracting overseas talents.
Foreign experts working in Anhui are allowed to get books free of charge if they file an application and get approval, so are their Chinese colleagues.
Overseas students studying in the province and residents in Hefei, with their ID cards, can borrow books after paying deposits.
“Considering the reading inclination of foreign experts in Anhui , the current books cover China’s policies, national and provincial conditions, specialized knowledge and Chinese culture,” Fan Zhaoqing, an official of the Anhui Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs said, adding that an online service system will have been set up by the end of this year.
The book house is on the fifth floor of the Sanxiaokou Xinhua Bookstore, the first shared bookstore in the world.
Jourma Westrup, a foreign teacher at Hefei No.1 High School, said the book house facilitates reading as he can visit the 24-hour bookstore at any time.