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When you walk into a bookstore, 99 percent of the time, you know what to expect: a musty, old-book smell; spines upon spines of titles; the odd employee hiding around every corner, replenishing shelves and offering to help you find elusive authors. A new location of the Zhongshuge bookstore chain opened on January 25 and it is truly unlike any other bookstore––or any retail location––you’ve ever seen.
Upon entering, a confusing scene will greet you: what appears to be a massive barricade of books and a series of staircases leading up the wall… and continuing on the ceiling. According to The Daily Mail, the bookstore accomplished this M.C. Escher-esque feat with some help from symmetrical staircases and a bunch of massive mirrors. Even with that knowledge, the facade will stop you in your tracks.
This is only one of Zhongshuge’s somewhat whacky interiors. The chain is known for themeing their locations, from their maze-inspired design to an Alice in Wonderland fantasyland in Yangzhou. Sounds like the making of a bookstore-inspired road trip to me…