World’s most ‘inconvenient’ convenience store caters for Chinese climbers 100m above ground (VIDEO)
Catering to the needs of rock climbers at China’s Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, the management of the natural and steep wonderland have set up a convenience store to sell water and snacks to courageous cliffhangers.
Dubbed the world's most “inconvenient” convenience store, the shop is hanging in the middle of a sheer cliff in Pingjiang County more than 100 meters above ground. “When I was there, that was the hardest part to climb. The convenience store provides the supplemental energy as well as water. I have more energy to go to the top,” climber Yuangui Hu told Ruptly's video agency.
A decrepit, shed-like structure, the shop is stocked enough to provide much-needed relief to hundreds of visitors who come to Hunan Province to hang and experience the three main attractions – the Miles Cliff, Hundred Miles Danxia and the Brave Men’s Bridge.
Conveniently located at the crossroads of the park’s three routes, the mini-mart is equipped with all the necessities, like food and water. Every day, water and snacks get delivered from the foot of the mountain up to the top by ropes. Anyone wishing to purchase something must secure themselves by their safety cables to the side of the rock, equipped with a bolted stairway.
【開在幾千米山崖上的便利商店！登山者夢寐以求的事情，中國人做到了】中國湖南省石牛寨國家地質公園日前開放了幾個便利商店，這些便利商店位於幾百甚至幾千米的山崖處。遊客可通過現金或者掃碼的管道進行微信或支付寶付款，購買中途所需的水、能量飲料、餅乾、麵包等商品。 pic.twitter.com/NW6mscK7Cr— 通傳媒 (@TongMediaHK) April 27, 2018
Cash is always welcome on the side of the cliff, but electronic payment transactions are also accepted, even though the park administrators insist they are focused on offering a priceless experience rather than on making a profit. Tourists who manage to get up there can also chat with friendly park employees who are both professional rock climbers and instructors.
开在悬崖上的便利店，要会轻功才能上去买东西吗？😁4月25日，湖南平江石牛寨的悬崖商店正式对外营业，商店位于石牛寨飞拉达攀岩项目的悬崖峭壁上，距地面垂直高度100余米，专为攀岩的游人售卖零食和饮用水，以补充他们的体力。 pic.twitter.com/oqWM6PlL20— 中国新闻社 (@CNS1952) April 26, 2018
Any potential rubbish from the items purchased in the mini-mart must be disposed either on-site or placed in a special, waist-level net pocket that comes as part of the rental gear offered by the geopark. Such an arrangement also eliminates any potential hazards to climbers below. Just in case, there is also a small platform below the shop to prevent things from falling and hurting people.
湖南省「平江石牛寨」にオープンした「断崖商店」地上100mにあるこの“店”はロッククライミングを楽しむ人々に飲料や食品を販売しているそうです。 pic.twitter.com/BUmRRhN1Pm— けろっと (@kerotto) April 26, 2018
“Before all the trainers start working, we did a health check and trained them around the equipment,” Wuwen Hu, a store employee, told Ruptly. “We have to guarantee the security of them and the visitors.”
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