X‑Readspace (Xi­ao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Di­an 晓学堂虫洞书店)

The Chi­nese name of this mas­ter­ful­ly ren­o­vat­ed two-sto­ry brick man­sion, ad­ja­cent to Hai Tian Tang Gou Man­sion, lit­er­al­ly trans­lates to “Worm Hole Book­store.” But this busi­ness is hard­ly just a book­store: the core be­lief of the founders is that glob­al­ly dis­parate civ­i­liza­tions can in­ter­act with each oth­er across time & space…beginning right here.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)

The Worm Hole Book­store claims in­spi­ra­tion from the “in­her­it­ed core cul­ture” of the 13 coun­tries who set up con­sulates on Ku­lang­su Is­land over the last century.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)The ex­pan­sive gar­den sur­round­ing the beau­ti­ful old build­ing has been re­done in spec­tac­u­lar mod­ern fash­ion, re­fur­bished in ear­ly 2017 to set dra­mat­ic jux­ta­po­si­tion be­tween gar­den fur­nish­ings and the land­scape beyond.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)A live mu­sic pro­gram is set to be­gin some­time in 2017.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)Some ta­bles in the gar­den are al­so set up for elab­o­rate tra­di­tion­al Chi­nese tea service.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)

In­side, the store in­cludes a “read­ing lab­o­ra­to­ry” and builds on the time-trav­el theme in var­i­ous ways, while still keep­ing ties with Ku­lang­su and Min­nan culture.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)The cof­fee bar keeps with the worm­hole theme as well. Cof­fee drinks are ex­pen­sive, but the at­mos­phere is com­plete­ly one-of-a-kind.X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)Books are on­ly the be­gin­ning; cute or fas­ci­nat­ing non-book sou­venirs and lux­u­ry care prod­ucts abound through­out the store and its many alcoves.

X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店) X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店) X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)

Up­stairs is a gallery with ro­tat­ing sci-fi-themed ex­hibits and some love­ly pri­vate and se­mi-pri­vate spaces.X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店) X-Readspace (Xiao Xue Tang Chong Dong Shu Dian 晓学堂虫洞书店)

Address:34 Fu­jian Road, Gu­langyu Is­land, Sim­ing Dis­trict, Xi­a­men City, China

虫洞书店名字的灵感是来自上个世纪,13个在鼓浪屿上设立了领事馆的国家所传承下来的文化启发的。书店的花园在2017年年初重新装修了,现场音乐会项目和新设备也都就绪了。咖啡、书籍、科幻题材的展厅、和店里摆放的小纪念品,让书店更具吸引力。

地址:厦门市思明区鼓浪屿福建路34号