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08:26, August 06, 2009

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Buying original birthday presents for friends and family is often an arduous task, however a store trading on online-shopping platform Tabao is hoping to make the decision a little easier.

Named Tabao’s Most Creative Shop of 2009 earlier this year, Chinese Birthday Newspapers allows you to purchase old Chinese newspapers as a gift.The site is also proving popular with newspaper collectors, keen to read all about what happened on certain days in history.

“I had been a fan of old newspapers for many years. In 2001 I heard that He Zhenliang, a senior o_ cer of the International Olympic Committee, received an original copy of The Times that was issued on his birthday. The news gave me the idea of opening a business with the old newspapers that I had collected,” owner of the shop, Li Baoqin, told the Global Times.

Gaining in popularity since opening, much of the original stock sold out with Li and his staff then scouring libraries, archives, universities and colleges to establish a comprehensive collection that now boasts over 1 million editions.

“You can find different kinds of old newspapers from each day since the 1940s in our storehouse,” Li said proudly.

Old newspapers from Li’s large collection. (Global Times Photo)

“We are trying our best to enrich our stock so that customers can find the newspaper issued on whatever day they want in my shop,” he added.

“Besides birthday newspapers we are also trying to develop other original gifts such as bamboo slips inscribed with love letters. We hope that through our hard work and originality, our shop can survive the fierce competition.”

Source: Global Times

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