Salinger Cafe, Kunming, Yunan Province: I was delighted to discover the cafe/bookshop culture embraced by the young Chinese of today. The atmosphere of these places is everything you want in a place to hang out: cosy, trendy and interesting. The bookshelves host a few texts in English as well as a very impressive selection of intelligent literature in or translated to Mandarin. The baristas are good and there were even Belgian beers on the menu. This particular cafe holds a film night every Thursday, featuring world cinema. On the weekends there is sometimes live music. The cafe is open all afternoon through till midnight, daily… I found myself wondering, why doesn’t this exist in Melbourne yet???

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