Secret Portraits

Guy checking his phone after a snooze in Mamamiya Coffee, Guangdong Book Centre, Tienhe, Guangzhou.

Guangdong Book Centre is 7 floors of homeware stuff, gadgets, sports gear, art supplies… But mainly books. A lot of books. Think department store with mainly books in it, and the other concessions are the bonus. It includes a good big section of English language books in Chinese – heaven for Ms. Das of course. The art supplies bit is full of ornate ink blocks and epic brushes – heaven for me. A cute cafe too, Mamamiya (see what they did there), with lovely staff who seemed genuinely happy to see us, and a more diverse clientele than in other cafés we’ve been too, with older women (drawing interrupted), girls alone and boys in gangs. Like.

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