Foreign Language Bookstore Beijing

To get some good English or other none Chinese language books in Beijing go to Foreign Languages Bookstore

It located in the city center of Beijing and they have a 3 story building with most English books, a large Japanese section and some books in French and Spanish.

Beijing Foreign Languages bookstore

On the first floor they have a large section of maps and tourist guides for China and Beijing.

Beijing Walks: Like a Flying Feather Through the HutongsI highly recommend the book Beijing Walks from Mao Xiang if you stay for a longer time in Beijing and want to discover Beijing on foot. The book has 16 nice walks: Walking through old Beijing hutongs, you will pass or visit many sites that you cannot find in any other tourist guide books, such as the last emperor’s mansion, princes palaces, residences of famous historical figures, temples and churches, old Embassy Row, imperial government offices, famous commercial streets with old shops, as well as mysteries and stories behind the walls. Pictures and maps are also provided to guide you in each walk. Background information enriches your knowledge about the events and stories once happened in this imperial capital.

101 Stories for Foreigners to Understand Chinese PeopleAnother great book that I discovered getting adjusted to the Chinese is: 101 Stories for Foreigners to Understand Chinese People. This book is a collection of 101 anecdotes and cultural learning’s, to explain everyday Chinese customs and etiquette to foreigners. And this book is a decidedly informal and humorous one, not an academic discourse on modern Chinese culture!

There is also a Spanish edition available 101 Histroias para que los extranjeros entiendan a los chinos



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Overview of the first floor Foreign Languages Bookstore in the famous Wangfujing shopping street, Dongcheng, Beijing.


Featured image thanks to Erica Breetoe

Napoleon Hill quote

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success.[1] His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies).[2] Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions.[3][4] How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill’s books.


One of my favourite writers, with one of his best quotes:

a goal is a dream with a deadline

Recommendations for personal self help books

Although probably 90% of the population never reads a business books, we created a list of personal-success books which are worth reading. There are hundreds of success book but at Maripositas we think this is the top 25. We tried not to focus on one theme but instead we kept the spectrum as wide as possible.

  1. Think and Grow Rich
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad
  4. The Strangest Secret
  5. How To Win Friends and Influence People
  6. The Richest Man in Babylon
  7. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
  8. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
  9. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
  10. The Secret
  11. The Last Lecture
  12. Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
  13. The Greatest Salesman in the World
  14. You Were Born Rich
  15. Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
  16. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61)
  17. Money, and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Wealth, Health, and Happiness
  18. How Would Love Respond?: Imagine If You Were Given a Gift So Powerful That You Knew You Had to Share It With the World
  19. A Philosopher’s Notes – On Optimal Living, Creating an Authentically Awesome Life and Other Such Goodness
  20. You Can Heal Your Life
  21. Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
  22. The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth
  23. The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying
  24. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
  25. As a Man Thinketh (Life-Changing Classics Ser) (Life-Changing Pamphlet)

Any other ideas of books that belong to this list? Let us know your comments. One of the books doesn’t belong in the list, tell us right away.

Top 10 Bathroom Books

If you’re reading this! You probably spend a fair amount of time staring at the walls in the smallest room in the house. The toilet, i.e. thinking room, is where more critical decisions are made. We all cherish our time in the john, loo, washroom, restroom, powder room, and whatever else you want to call it. Ultimately, it provides us with peace of mind and refuge from our everyday headaches. A lot of people  like to read something in the bathroom If you need something good to read and pass the time, the following are meant for you! By the way…… might want to pass on buying any of these books used. Have fun and buy them all to build your own bathroom library!



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Top 10 Books 2010 PreSchool, PreKindergarten, Kindergarten

Looking for a good responsible present for your grant children?! Buy a book from the preschool, prekindergarten top 10 list of 2010.

1. I Can Do It Myself! by Diana Adams

2. Just How Long Can A Long String Be?! by Keith Baker

3. Firefighter Ted, by Andrea Beaty.

4. Sally and the Purple Socks, by Lisze Bechtold

5. Little Bear’s Big Sweater by David Bedford

6. Itty Bitty by Cece Bell.

7. Duck Tents by Lynne Berry

8. Not all Animals Are Blue by Beatrice Boutignon

9. Forget-Me-Not Michael Brad

10. My First Prayers by Jeremy Brooks

11. Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum

12. Dogku by Andrew Clements

13. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change by Michelle Cook

14. The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) by Nina Crews

15. Put It On the List by Kristen Darbyshire

16. Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth! by Diane deGroat

17. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

18. If I Were a Jungle Animal by Amanda Ellery and Tom Ellery

19. On the Farm by David Elliott and Holly Meade

20. Martha in the Middle by Jan Fearnley

21. Manners in Public. by Carrie Finn

22. Say Hello Jack & Michael Foreman

23. Hello Baby! by Mem Fox

24. Fast Food by Saxton Freymann

25. Star of the Week: A Story of Love, Adoption, and Brownies with Sprinkles

26. Dinotrux by Chris Gall

27. When Stella Was Very, Very Small (Stella and Sam) by Marie Louise Gay

28. Zoo Day Ole!: A Counting Book by Phillis Gershator

29. This Is the Firefighter by Laura Godwin

30. Tillie Lays An Egg by Terry Golson

31. The Missing Chick by Valeri Gorbachev

32. The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

33. All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka


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