By: Christie Chen
Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) The popular Eslite Bookstore chain officially opened Taiwan’s
longest underground book street in Taipei on Monday, creating what the city hopes will become a new tourist attraction.
The 261-meter-long book street is located in an underground walkway between the Taipei Metro Zhongshan Station and Shuanglian Station. It is named R79 Eslite Underground because it is close to exits R7 and R9 of the underground corridor.
The walkway used to be part of the Zhongshan Metro Mall, an underground shopping mall that sells clothes, food, discounted books and other products, but Eslite won a bid in March to transform a section of it into a book street.
The underground complex features more than 60,000 book titles on a wide variety of topics and also includes shops that sell cultural and creative products, phonograph records, stationary, food and coffee. [FULL STORY]