In southern China, there’s a peculiar sight that’s been dubbed the “most inconvenient convenience store” in the country. This little wooden shed, measuring just two square meters, is perched 394 feet above the ground on a steep cliff in the Shiniuzhai Scenic Area, Hunan province.
Shiniuzhai is famous for its hilly terrain, offering breathtaking views and exciting mountain-based activities, including China’s first glass-bottomed bridge, known as “Brave Men’s Bridge.”
The store itself is situated along an 800-meter via ferrata route, a mountain path secured with metal anchors and structures for climbers. It opened in 2018 and recently grabbed the spotlight again in Chinese media.
Climbers making the 90-minute journey to the top can get a free bottle of water at the store, courtesy of the staff who carry supplies up the hill daily. They sell these beverages for less than a dollar.
During the Mid-Autumn festival, the staff even gave out free mooncakes to climbers. Hunan province has its share of remarkable landscapes, including the famous Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, which was said to have inspired the alien world in James Cameron’s movie “Avatar.”