Yesterday, Peking University added an Apple Store in the unusual and controversial location of the library.

As one of the most prestigious educational institutions in China, some of the studious students are outraged that Apple would disrupt their valuable study area. “Learning and shops should be separate,” said one student. Other views are less harsh and don’t see it as a problem, “as long as the price is reasonable and does not affect the study environment, its alright.” Another student said.  I remember in my University in Sydney, we also had an Apple Shop next to but not inside the library.

Titled “Liangyu Apple Experience Center” it is meant to showcase the latest range of products, but will not allow on-site sales. However if people do want to purchase something, they can order through the store and must show student ID to get a discount. The store itself is an authorized distributor but not an official Apple store.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.