China’s Son Cafe,
Unique Cultural Exchange Café
China’s Son Cultural Exchange Café was opened in June 1995. It is just
a small cafe, located in a back street, but we are particularly
outstanding in cultural exchange. Frankly speaking, we are not businessmen. We did not hope to make a lot of
money in the café. The main reason we opened this cafe is to meet readers
of Mr. China’s Son and build a bridge between western tourists
cafe is not so big, but very unique. We stress cultural exchange, and the
main business is to give a hand to young students and supply travelers
with some "FOOD FOR THE MIND." Many interesting Bai Minority tools and arts have
been collected and shown on the wall with introductory labels. Many
tourists found interesting to see them and said, "It is really a
its features are so unique, half a year later, it was mentioned in '96 edition of Lonely
Planet. Later many other guide books began to recommend our cafe. Now,
almost all well known guide books recommend it. For many tourists to Dali,
to drop in and have a cup of coffee has become a must.
|Travelling is quite a pleasant thing, but we usually see the
things on the surface. We hardly get deep into the lives of the people,
nor know why people are living like this. Therefore, we started to collect
material for our guests to read and reference. One of our material is
called "Mr. China's Son Lonely Planet", tourists like it very
| In this booklet, we collected and edited quite a number of
up-to-date practical information about Dali, which will let you know many
things about this area and give you many useful suggestions while you are
travelling in Dali. There are many detailed maps in the booklet. We are
sure that our booklets have been helping many tourists avoid troubles.
Among all material we can offer, the books Mr.
China’s Son and The Spring of Butterflies are mostly welcomed
by all tourists.
|*Mr. China's Son ---- a world-famed, textbook in
many western universities and colleges in history and Asian studies
courses; Lonely Planet & other guide books recommended villager's
autobiography; It covers the World War II, the disastrous Great leap
Forward, Anti-rightist Movement, Cultural Revolution as well as Yunnan's
history and culture. (Westview Press, USA)
*The Spring of Butterflies ---- a collection of
lovely folk tales and legends about the local Bai and other minorities of
China. ---- A unique gift for children and friends. (Collins Press, UK;
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, New York).
|*Zoon Van China ---- the Dutch version of Mr.
China's Son is also available here.(Houtekiet, Belgium)
|At first, the book was just used as a special
book for customs to read, but later many of the tourists want to buy a
signed copy or copies for their friends as a special gift. Since we have
got the permission to photo-copy in Yunnan from our publishers, we can
sell a few singed photo-copies here in this café.
|Many tourists groups and students groups have
come to Dali to meet Mr. He. He answer their questions. They consider Mr.
"a piece of living history", many tourists and students said
that visiting to Mr. He becoming their highlights of the trip to Yunnan.
||Sometimes, Mr. He was invited to meet and talk to
students in other places, such as Nanjing, Kunming. The picture was taken
when he went to meet students from Bates College in Nanjing University in
||Yes, you can visit many other places and people,
but in Dali, Yunnan there is only one Mr. He, so if you head to Yunnan, don't miss the chance to
visit this Old Piece of Living History!
|There are more than 20 cafes in Old Dali Town.
But many of them are not really Bai Minority. Mr. China's Son Cafe is
opened by Bai Minority. We offer very good and typical Bai food.
Such as 5-course Bai meal; Earthenware pot fish; Fried potato crabs; Dali
cheese; Three-course-Bai tea; Fried eggplant cakes with sauce...We can
prepare for visitors unique Bai-food banquet, and birthday parties. Don't
forget to bring you friends to celebrate the birthday here!
||Mr. China's Son Cultural Exchange Cafe offers a
large number of good books for tourists to rent and exchange. It has a
complete set of "Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia" for
customers to check. Here there are also many international magazines such
as "National Geographic", "Time",
"People"...Besides good food and good large quantity of books
and magazines, we also help special visitors to visit special people and
|Here the special people refer to those who comes
to Yunnan for special jobs such as collecting cultural data, doing
research works...... for this kind of work, people not only need a
interpreter but also a capable helper who can organize, plan as well as
have the ability to deal with all kind of local people.
|Besides all of these, we also teach Chinese and
Bai Language. Mr. China's Son, He Li-yi, is a retired teachers of English,
his son Mr. He Lu-jiang is a teacher of English now. Both father and
son have been specially trained as teachers, So, we have the best
qualification to give some Chinese and Bai language courses in Dali.
our Cultural Café is becoming the second home of the tourists, it also
becomes our own second home in Dali. Our family often get together here
and many of our family friends also come here to meet us.
||Dear friends, Mr. He is always your friend here
in Dali. Don't worry about anything. We would try our best to help you.
You see, Mr. He is waiting for your coming!