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James' Kunming Story: A Brit abroad settling down & relishing the prospects of life

By : InKunming | Published: 2018-January-15

The western restaurant & bar, The park, run by James.

[InKunming--Interviews & Polls] A decade ago, the handsome British man James had never thought that he would settle down in Kunming someday, let alone that he would be running a western restaurant & bar called The Park.

That people could bath in cozy sunshine in winter seemed impossible to James until he came to Kunming for the first time in early 2009. From then on, James found a smart way to enjoy the winter.

Nowadays, James enjoys life in Kunming much like the locals do. For instance, tasting delicious Dai food, visiting Sanjiacun reservoir, looking for real Yunnan Rice Noodles (also called cross-the-bridge rice noodles), and expressing his amazement at the development of Kunming in recent years. He loves looking forward to the infinite possibilities of the future while sitting in The Park over the wine of “LIFE”.

Running The Park: a new model of enjoying life

The Park is located in Cuihu Park and serves coffee, desserts and fine wines, with several brown dining tables plus wooden benches and beige sunshades on the terrace in front of the restaurant. Stepping into the bar, people will see various kinds of whiskey on three rows of wooden cabinets. Under them, there are plenty of shiny glasses.

Cold wind was blowing outside while The Park was immersed in a warm atmosphere in winter with football matches playing on the TV. Two foreign customers sitting in the corner were having lunch and occasionally sipping hot coffee. James was smartly dressed in a blue shirt, light trousers and boots. He introduces some basic information about The Park over a cup of coffee.

In James’ eyes, Cuihu Park is a picturesque place with traditional architecture. It seems like a cultural interaction to open a western restaurant here. The Park takes up one side of the boxlike courtyard. There are some shops running businesses about Chinese traditional culture, including the Lotus Temple, the Longyun Stage, and Yunnan Rice Noodles.

"Leaning on wooden benches, drinking coffee, having meals, and admiring the natural beauty ... it's the easiest way to enjoy life and release people from a stressful work environment," James emphasizes The Park's operational value.

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