Shanghai phone booths get new literary lease of life

(20 August 2017) If you want something to read and you’re in Shanghai, look for the red telephone booths. They’re like the original UK telephone boxes but with a Chinese twist.

263 public telephone booths in Shanghai Xuhui district are to be turned into mini-libraries, according to the city government.

Before the popularity of smart phones, public telephone booths were the handiest way to make a call. But the meteoric rise of mobile devices has largely made them redundant. So instead of saying goodbye to these landmarks, they now host libraries.

The illustrated story by Jiang Xiao is here.