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Chinese cafe transforms disused quarry into tourist attraction

A new and modern café in Zhejiang Province has become a social media success story after it revitalised the surroundings of a disused Chinese quarry. 

The café has completely revitalised the quarry pit, which was disused and abandoned as recent as two years ago before new owners of the café site helped turn it around.

Found in the rural surrounds of Anji in the Zhejiang Province, the Deep Blue Coffeehouse has drawn plaudits from locals and social media users for combining the quarry (seen here) pit’s incredible beauty with a trendy coffee destination and eatery.

There was an old half-buried house from the 1970s on the site and some unstable ground, but the local government and café owners worked together to transform it.

The half-buried house, part of a cement factory decades ago, was fixed up and became the now popular café. The Zhejiang Province café in the quarry is expected to bring in more than 150,000 yuan ($31,801 AUD) to the local area, according to reports.

“We want to keep it the way it was,” café director Cheng Shuoqin told the Global Times. “We want our visitors to simply enjoy the adequately attractive natural beauty.”

“We want to keep it the way it was,” he told the Global Times. “We want our visitors to simply enjoy the adequately attractive natural beauty.

“The popularity of our café and many other similar tourist attractions has showed that developing ecotourism is the right way.

“They have proven to be of great value.”

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