The nearest four shops to my flat are all shoe shops, so imagine my anticipation when one of them closed down recently and the decor was swiftly ripped out. My mind raced with the possibilities of what it might transform into - a bakery, a confectioners, a dairy shop, even a dry cleaners? So I was gutted when it reopened last week as ...yes, you guessed it... yet another shoe shop. Different livery, different brands, same old shoes. Now I ask you, are all the barefooted people of Kunming ever really likely to congregate at the corner of my litle street for a mass purchase?
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