The “spring breeze” of reform and opening up in 1984 blew all over China. The Xinhua Bookstore in Lishui also seized this opportunity to reform and reorganize the leadership team. Among them, Ru Youli took up the heavy responsibilitiesand was appointed as the party branch secretary of the Xinhua Bookstore in Lishui district at that time.
'At that time, the bookstore was located in the middle of Zhongshan Street, with a business area of only 200 square meters, nearly 4,000 kinds of books, and an annual sales volume of only more than 800,000 yuan.' Ru Youli said. After taking office, he found out the management problems of the bookstore and started its reform, pushing it onto the right track. Thanks to this, the bookstore made a leap forward.
With the social development and progress, not only have the people's material needs increased, but their demand for cultural knowledge has increased, and their thirst for knowledge has become stronger. Given that more and more people came to read and buy books, Xinhua Bookstore moved to a hypermarket of more than 1,000 square meters to adapt to the changes of demand. In 2014, at the 30th anniversary of the reform and opening up, a five-storey Xinhua Bookstore was erected on Zijin Road, with a dazzling array of books. The modern reading place was comfortable and warm, full of book fragrance of the times.
'Lishui Xinhua Bookstore was once rated as 'the best bookstore in China', with an annual sales volume of nearly 80 million yuan, which was 100 times that of 1984. The achievements of reform and opening up can be seen here.' Ru said, 'Our generation is the participant and practitioner of this strategy.'
Although Ru Youli has retired, he still pays close attention to the development of the bookstore, because that is the splendor he once participated in and practiced, and even now are still witnessing ---- the new life brought about by reform and opening up to the bookstore and the whole society.
改革开放：reform and opening up
全国最佳书店：The best bookstore in China