The 'Dynamic Yunnan' performance provides an entertaining way to learn a little about some of the ethnic minority cultures Yunnan Province is so justifiably proud off. The performance incorporates music, dance and drama and has both English and Chinese subtitles on screens to both sides of the stage that explain much of the action. The magnificent Dance of the Peacock makes a memorable, and beautiful, finale to the multiple award winning show.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
ONEOF THE NIGHTS I WAS IN BEIJING ..I HEARD A CHINESE ROCK BAND PLAYING IN ONE OF THE RESTAURANTS..
it is nice to hear a good band playing and singing !!! Any language is good when it is backed up by good music!!!!!!!!
Dress Code: Dress was casual.. It was a relaxed atmosphere..
Was the absolute best place to hang out for expats who wanted good service, good beer and not be overcharged. Have heard that it caters a bit more to the higher end and more Chinese now, but still shouldn't be missed. The bar manager Johnny is great and Sophie the owner is a wonderful lady. It's on Ba Wei Lu and Bei Er Jing Jie.
Where to grab a bite to eat and relax with a drink in Yangshuo ?? So many choices but by accident I came to MC blues bar and met Willow a lovely and happy girl working there. The conversation was great the food good and the music just up my street. I remember Counting Crows being played as I left on my last night.
We did have an electrical fire break out in the kitchen, which was ok in the end, and the candles on the table even added to the atmosphere !!
A few American mountain climbers in on one night and it was the first time I had heard the F-word for two weeks. Shame I had to hear it.
Dress Code: casual
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