7 Quiet Places to Study or Co-work in Shenzhen

Book city | © Robert Scoble / Flickr
Book city | © Robert Scoble / Flickr
Photo of Sarah Karacs
15 July 2019

Shenzhen is a great city if you want to savour China’s relentless energy and hustle and bustle. But finding a quiet spot to study might sometimes be a bit harder. But whether you’re revising for your mid terms on a study abroad programme, swatting up Mandarin characters for your Chinese primer or remote co-working on a project as a digital nomad, we’ve found the top places to get the focus you need.

24 Hour Bookbar

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Book city
Book city | (c) Forgemind Archimedia / Flickr
Shenzhen might have a reputation for being a hypermodern city with a burgeoning start up scene and it is incredibly science and technology orientated. But it also has a huge book reading culture. As well as a giant library in the heart of the city’s dazzling new CBD district, the city also boasts a bookstore that claims to be the world’s largest. Among the extensively stocked stores, catering to many of your literary and academic whims and needs is a 24 hour book bar. It’s a perfect place to pull an all nighter.

GEE Coffee

Coffee Shop, Chinese
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Art hub OCT Loft has a lot offer visitors. With galleries and design stores amid quirky statues, graffiti and greenery, there’s plenty going on. Among the creative offerings are a number of high quality coffee shops to while away the hours with a book or else swot up for an upcoming exam. With quality coffee, decent food, and a chilled out atmosphere, this is good place to plan some up coming creative projects.

Old Heaven Books

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Old Book Heaven
Old Book Heaven | © Rose Symotiuk/ Flickr
Another gem tucked away in OCT Loft is Old Heaven Books, a curious space with an independent spirit, beloved among Shenzhen’s arty crowd. Collaborating with legendary livehouse B10, not only does the venue serve up coffee and boast a great book selection, it also puts on inspiring events. LPs, cassettes and jazz posters abound. It also has a covered outdoor area.

EON Books

Bookstore, Library
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Self-service library
Self-service library | © Mitch Altman / Flickr
Stocking only imported books, this store provides a quiet and comfortable space to work during weekdays. With numerous books from Hong Kong and Taiwan, it also boasts an extensive English language section to peruse at your pleasure. Those wanting to avoid a noisy, child friendly environment might want to stay away at the weekend.

Nanshan Library

Library, University
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While coffee shops can be great places to get work done in a leisurely atmosphere, sometimes you really need a place with no distractions. Popular among students at nearby Taoyuan and Shenzhen University, Nanshan Library is open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. You’ll have to apply for membership if you want to take out books but everyone’s free to browse their extensive book collection. It’s a great place to really focus when a deadline’s approaching.

SimplyWork Co-working Space

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For those wanting to start a business and make use of the city’s burgeoning start up infrastructure, investing in a co-working space might be a good option. This space is in the heart of Shenzhen’s tech heavy, Nanshan district and features a number of amenities to help with getting work done efficiently and without unnecessary distractions. Run by a team of local entrepreneurs, it also has features zones to relax in and is open 24 hours a day.

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