Few Beijing record stores have reached a veteran status like the Cool Music Shop. Having witnessed numerous closures and re-openings in its two-decade run, the venerable music shop has remained in the business even though having drastically downsized to a hole-in-the-wall tucked away in Dongsi from a former 500-square-metre venue in its heyday. Its shelves are lined with almost completely unsorted bins and racks of CDs, cassette tapes and vinyl records, including everything from 80's Mandopop, classic rock to newly emerging electronic music – a haven for crate-diggers alike. Not sure which one to take home? You can play your picks on its in-store turnable and audio equipment for free before committing purchasing anything.