Introducing Guangzhou's Staff-less 24/7 Convenience Store

By Connor Frankhouser, April 26, 2017

1 0

If you take a short walk from exit D of Shipaiqiao Metro Station in Guangzhou, you will stumble upon a convenience store with no clerk, cameras or anti-theft devices. What initially seems like an ill-fated graduate study in social psychology, in the wake of scandals like mass toilet paper theft in Beijing, has actually shown there may be hope for humanity after all.

WeChat account Guangzhou Impressions recently reported pictures of a small store, reportedly less than five square meters in area, inside a quiet office building in Tianhe that has no staff or security. Instead, the store relies on the honor system to prevent theft.

Customers paying in cash make their own change, those paying via Alipay or WeChat wallet (the store takes those too) are left to pay the correct amount with only their addition skills and integrity as witnesses.


The shop-keeper, a Hunan native surnamed Zhang, lives nearby and is able to be summoned with a quick phone call; his telephone number is posted conspicuously inside the store.

Zhang reports that theft has been minimal since the store opened on March 20. His second most popular item after snacks? Umbrellas, a valuable commodity in ever-rainy Guangzhou.


[Images via Guangzhou Impressions, h/t to Elsa Chao]

more news

Guangzhou Hit with 2nd Earthquake in Less than a Month

This is the second earthquake to occur in Zengcheng District this month, and the fourth to hit Guangzhou since May.

Guangzhou Restaurant Review: 435

We've got a bone to pick with this new Guangzhou eatery...

The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

Your weekly guide to the best of Guangzhou.

The 9 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

Your weekly guide to the best of Guangzhou.

Don't Miss This Boozy Watermelon-Eating Competition in Guangzhou

Bust out your sexiest Beijing bikini this week with Ergou Pub and Jing-A Brewing!

18 Things All Newcomers Absolutely Need to Bring to Guangzhou

Essentials you won't want to leave home without.

PHOTOS: The Rock, Jason Statham Wow Fans in Beijing and Guangzhou

Tequila, iron and photos: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham come to China!

3 Awesome New Restaurants to Check out in Guangzhou

A brief look at the restaurants we featured in our August 2019 issue​!

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsGuangzhou for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Guangzhou With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.