Hong Mo Fang (Moulin Rouge): Great variety show!
Hong Mo Fang (Moulin Rouge) had its grand opening on August 1, 2007 and is a great addition to Zhangjiagang. The theatre hosts a fabulous variety show featuring talented singers, dancers, acrobats, comedians and a great house band. Laser lights, pyrotechnics and other effects round out the performance. The music is mostly Chinese pop as well as traditional music, often with a modern edge. The show changes every 3-4 days, with acts rotating in and out.
With the exception of occassional mildly risque repartee (in Chinese), the performances are suitable for all ages. Admission at the door is 40 RMB (USD 5.25). The 2-hour show begins nightly at 8:30 pm, 7 days a week. Drinks are on the pricey side. Corona will set you back 25 RMB (USD 3.30) a bottle; juice costs around 40 RMB (USD 5.25) a glass.
Dress Code: Casual or dressy. No dress code.
Malones Cafe: An expat hub!
Perhaps the most comfortable and familiar place for expats in ZJG is Malones Cafe or Malones Bar. Often referred to as "the living room," Malones is a cozy, 2-storey pub located just west of the Walking Street (Bu Xing Jie). Jack, the owner, can be found at the bar most evenings, and the staff is very pleasant. Bar and seating are downstairs, pool table and seating upstairs. There is also seating outside in front of the bar. Televisions showing mostly sports programming are scattered about downstairs. No live music, but the music is good, varied and never too loud for conversation.
Malones has a friendly, neighborhood environment. It's easy to meet people. It's also a good place to network with other businessmen and women. While many locals enjoy Malones, the bar is most popular with foreigners. English (and German on most nights) is the language you will hear most.
A variety of foods can be ordered in (the staff will order for you) from neighboring restaurants. A plate of fried noodles or fried rice is delivered in 5 minutes and will cost you about 5 RMB or about USD 0.65. There is a street vendor nearby who serves excellent Chinese BBQ (meat and vegetables). She comes into the bar many times throughout the evening to take orders.
Malones opens nightly at 6:30 pm and closes at 2:00 am. All taxi drivers are familiar with Malones, and taxis are easy to catch outside the bar.
Dress Code: Malones is a comfortable neighborhood bar. Come as you are.