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Now, bear in mind that when I experienced this it was the first night of the three days of festivities for some holiday. I never really did get a clear explanation of what that holiday was just that it all ended in a big dragon boat race on the third day.
Whatever the reason, the streets of Suzhou were full of happy people strolling about having a nice, relaxed evening. There were families out - no groups of annoying teenagers in big groups acting stupid, no one (adult or teen) seemed drunk either - and it was all safe and exciting and fun.
The shops were open as were the restaurants, which had sidewalk tables, there was a lot of neon and there were rides for little kids. Two little ones even ran up to me excitedly to practice their English ("Hello! How are you?! What is your name?!") and when I answered them in English they giggled and ran back to their parents. Just adorable!:-)
There were street musicians and, for the most part, this was all happening on pedestrian-only streets so no worries about the traffic.
If you're travelling with children and/or on a budget and/or if you just want to see what regular Chinese families do on a night off, then this is the place to do it. The people-watching is great, the atmosphere is terrific, and if you don't want to you don't have to spend a cent.
Updated Oct 9, 2010
If you want to hear some of the best bands in the World then head to Asia. You can find a number of them in the Hong Kong Province too.
Filipino performers tend to be the best (with or without Westerners in their bands). They voices are to vibrant. The musicians usually do not read sheet music but you would never know. They are entertainers.
Do you like AC/DC, Led Zepplin, Journey, Usher, Elton John, etc.? They can perform it. They sound just like the original artist.
How much does it cost? Just the price of a beer and a tip. You will be thoroughly entertained!!!
Oh, the "talent" beyond the band tends to be nice looking. But, most of us are focused on the performers in the band. They light it up!!!
Check out Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. The Wan Chai area tends to be very popular too.
Many of the good hotels do have some live music available too.
Dress Code: Jeans will do.
Written Aug 21, 2010
Address: Wan Chai
Friendly ex-pats go here and the filipino duo who sing here are friendly. You are bound to meet people. It's easy to strike up a conversation. The ex-pats may take you on to other places later if they are in the mood for a big night out.
Dress Code: It's a pub.
Written Feb 25, 2010
Address: Holiday Inn, 90 Jinwei Jie
Every Friday night there is an 80s party at a place called Alfa in Sanlitun. We all had an amazing night at this place. All the usual classic 80s music was being played and enjoyed by the mostly ex-pat crowd. There are quite a few different rooms to relax and sit in as well as a dancefloor.
Written Apr 16, 2009
Address: 6 Xingfu Yicun
Irish pub in Beijing
I always try to find an Irish pub wherever I go. You can find one in Beijing on Peking Road, 71-77. They serve Harp beer and when I was there, I found a Scot and a Brit. Nice atmosphere.
Dress Code: Casual
Written Apr 13, 2009
Address: Peking Road 71-77
There is an english language version of Time Out for Beijing. Inside this there are listings and reviews for a number of different nightlife places. It is worth taking a look at this if you are searching for a place to spend the evening.
Written Apr 8, 2009
Make it a point to see world famous acrobatic shows when you are having a vacation in large cities in China especially Beijing and Shanghai. This is a "must-see" attraction for any foreign tourist arriving in Beijing and Shanghai. Some of these shows come in a package tour. You can make enquiry at the hotel reception where you are staying to obtain the best offer available! Flip through our photos above to see the lovely images of the show in Shanghai.
Updated Jan 29, 2009
Garden Night Show (Huayuan Zhi Ye in Chinese) is held nightly at Guilin Royal Garden Hotel along Linjiang Road. The show is basically a dancing and singing performances by the various ethnic cultural groups in China. There are usually more than 10 ethnic groups performing in the show nightly.
Garden Night Show is usually sold in a package with local Chinese dinner. It is a two hour show between 8.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. You may enquire from the hotel reception where you are staying regarding this colourful cultural show in Guilin. Don't miss the show when you are in Guilin!
Dress Code: No proper dress code is required.
Updated Jan 29, 2009
Address: 186-1, Linjiang Road, Guilin
A sweet , two story restaurant with JAZZ!!!!!
If you enjoy Jazz and Blues , check this place out O.K – Cajun and crayfish in central Beijing? If proof were needed of the rapid expansion of the global village it can be found in this authentic Louisiana-style hot spot on Chaoyang Park. Ex-pats looking for a gumbo and jambalaya fix love it, but locals do too, taking seats in the old fashioned American bar area or in the second-floor dining space with its balcony. It’s not quite a Bourbon Street view but it’s close. Music is jazz and blues and a wild once-a-year Mardi Gras party that packs the place out too. And if spicy Cajun food is not your thing, they do fun flirty cocktails. Try the sweet C and creamy Mississippi Dream, containing Baileys and Kahlua.
Dress Code: Casual
I wore long pants and nice shirt since I didn't really know anything about the place,except that there was jazz and blues.
Updated Dec 19, 2008
Address: chaoyang south gate park
Wang Fujing Street is a lovely night spot - certainly one of the best night spots we have come across in Beijing! Shopping in this magnificent street can be considered a shopper's paradise. Many famous fashion wear can be bought from this street. It is especially beautifully and brightly-lit up at night. Kindly flip through my photos on the right to see these lovely pictures!
Updated Dec 15, 2008
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