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Kunming's artistic bookstores warm city

By : InKunming | Published: 2014-January-16

[InKunming--Foreigners in Kunming] On the passed Third Independent Bookstore Summit Forum, many independent bookstore operators discussed about their bookstore's future development.

Many of them thought that although independent bookstores are deeply influenced by internet, independent bookstores still have merits to survive.

In bookstore-runners' opinions, their bookstores keep creating new ideas, which help them attract a large number of paper quality book readers.

In Kunming, there are still a few of this kind of independent bookstores.

Wheatfield Bookstore

 
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Some paper quality book readers zealously recommend Wheatfield Bookstore(麦田书店) since it is as warm as someone's own book room.

The bookstore that is situated on Tianjundian lane of Wenlin street(昆明市五华区文林街天君殿巷,师大附小后门) in the city mainly sell paper quality books on literature and arts, humanities and social sciences, history and philosophy, film and music.

Ma Li, a young owner of the bookstore, always tries his best to select the best books from a vast sea of books.

After having been opened for over 10 years, the Wheatfield bookstore by itself has accumulated renown, with which young people from other provinces may come to Kunming for worshiping the bookstore in a special trip.

In the bookstore, some posters printed with literary masters and cultural experts are hung on walls.

Due to the operator Ma Li's attempt, a batch of rock singers, poets, and literary youths also like to buy books in the bookstore.    

Ma Li himself is also a rock singer, a poet, and a radio host. His initial intention for opening the bookstore is to provide a reading place for readers who share the same interests and hobbies as him.

Though the bookstore has shrank into a shopfront from two under pressures of rising costs of house rent and electricity charge, Ma Li remains organizing some reading parties in his bookstore and introducing new books, movies, CDs to readers on the internet.

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