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  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    Hey you all,
    my friends and I will spend 8 days in Beijing for an exam& trip,we had already been to all those known-to-all places,but all we really want to go this time ,are some small places with unique features,are there any good places ?
    and whats the best bar in Beijing,I mean not noisy ones,just soft music will be fine for us.....and is there a live music concert in Beijing late this month?

    thanks!
    Dannie from Dalian.
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    保利博物馆,历代帝王庙,宛平城.
  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    @Pomegranate,I prefer not historical stuff...=)
    thx for the ideas.
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    Don't go to 南锣鼓响,try 五道营胡同 instead.
  • Teresaliu
    Teresaliu wrote:
    798 exhibition
  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    @Pomegranate,thanks,wudaoyinghutong is on our list.so is nanluoguxiang.
    what is wrong with Nanluoguxiang ?i heard it is a great place though.
    =)

    @Teresaliu,yes,we had been there.
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    You are about two years too late for Nanluoguxiang. It has been killed by greed.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2010-05/04/content_9804899.htm
  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    @Yes Sir
    what is PPG in wudaokou? never heard of it
  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    ok,i am checking the message,thx for the warn-up.=)
  • Minger
    Minger wrote:
    Pomegranate, that article's actually interesting. What the hell is going on at China Daily?
    It seems a little weird to give a reference for an opinion though...

    Propaganda, as described to me by a local friend when I first moved to Beijing, is "a good place to go to pick up underage girls. Just don't kiss them."
  • Joakim Berg Solum
    Did someone say underage girls? In China, the age of consent is 14......
  • Simen Wangberg
    ^Uh, what?

    Also, if you're looking to impress or ingratiate yourself to your visitors in any way, don't bother taking them to Propaganda.

    "Oh, so you want to go to a dark, crowded shoebox where you can listen to shitty music and drink fake liquor while being harassed by retarded foreign guys? I know JUST the place!!"
  • Simen Wangberg
    Also, some good unique (sort of?)/quiet places:

    798
    Summer Palace
    Chaoyang Park
    Houhai Lake (do this during the day when the shitty bars are closed, and rent the boats!)
    Nanluoguxiang (yeah, fair enough, it isn't as "cool" as it used to be even just a year ago, but whatever. it's still a decent enough place.)

    Some good quiet-ish bars:
    Tryst
    12SQM
    Nearby The Tree
    No Name Bar
    Fubar (not on the weekends though, place gets packed.)
  • Nixul
    Nixul wrote:
    XIu club or/and LAN are not bad just try those, but bit expensive though...
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    Unfortunately, 90 percent of places in Beijing with "unique features" have been destroyed by the government and replaced by shopping malls, McDonalds, fake hutong etc.

    One of the few places left is the Drum and Bell towers area. If you go to Drum and Bell cafe, you can sit on the roof, surrounded by trees drinking beer or coffee and watch local Beijingers below practicing taichi, playing 空竹, 吹牛ing etc.

    You had better take the opportunity soon, however. The government plans to destroy the area.
  • Simen Wangberg
    ^oooh. Good call on the Drum/Bell towers. I meant to mention them but forgot. Also: Bed Bar.
  • Kodi
    Kodi wrote:
    A couple of low key places I know are, "Nearby the tree in Sanlitun" The live music is a little folky rhythm mixed with rock and blues and it is really relaxing. The beer and the drinks are really great and the quality of the customers is really good. They always have deals on good bottles of wine under 300rmb. They also have a nice seating area upstairs where you can talk over the ambient music being played downstairs. I highly recommend it.

    Also Xiu in Jianwai Soho at the Yantai 大夏 is ok for the club setting and most of the people there are closer to the classy end of the social spectrum than you would find at Wudaokou, or Sanlitun bar street. They tend to stay to themselves and be a little more gentleman like. And if you want quiet you can go to the 63rd floor and enjoy the stunning wine bar. It is a little pricey, but I highly recommend it.

  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    Nearby The Tree has a pub atmosphere. I don't think there are any pubs in Dalian. Also, some young Chinese people go there to drink wine together fashionably.

    The Tree and 1F also have pub atmospheres. They are all close together in the 同里 area of Sanlitun.
  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:
    Go to Houhai. DO NOT drink in the bars. They are overpriced and the bartenders can't mix drinks properly. It's 80 kuai just to smoke from a hookah pipe, and every bar sets up speakers outside so all the shitty music blends together into an awful cacophony of Philipino cover bands, Bob Marley, and k-pop.

    Instead, buy a couple bottles of red wine and rent a boat for an hour or so. Be careful not to fall into the lake when you disembark. Then go to East Shore Live Jazz cafe at the south gate of Qianhai.

    All of my homeboy Mike's suggestions are golden.

    There's a new club on the other side of the Wudaokou subway station, on the nearest corner of the Hualian mall. It's called Mango and the owner is trying to compete with PPG. They haven't quite figured out the logistics of actually getting the beer from the fridge and into your hand, but the atmosphere is nice, and it has a quiet lounge in addition to the dance club area.
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:
    Propaganda is Beijing's most famous meat market.

    Check out this review from thebeijinger.com

    Even for Beijing, the guy who wrote this is a pretty trashy laowai.

    http://www.thebeijinger.com/directory/Propaganda

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    Having been going to propaganda(ppg) for on and off 3 years now i think its quite fitting i write the first review.

    Of course im in love with the place otherwise i wouldnt have gone there for so long time.

    The age group is also way lower, so dont bother if you are above 30. Perfect is around 20. you might even see 15 years old in there on some occasions.

    So who goes there?
    Students from the area around. Mostly koreans and foreigeners and chinese girls that want to make first experiences.

    the good and the bad:

    good: Cheap cheap booze.
    bad: really fake and really gives you the worst of headaches.

    Good: Easy girls.
    bad: young stupid and really annoying unexperienced chicks. for serious girls: every idiot who wouldnt DARE to talk to you back home .... in ppg he is hiting on you....

    Wednesday: Open bar night for 80 kuai/30 kuai. more if you look asian.
    BAD: a lot of wasted people puking everywhere.

    So why is it changing?

    Way less fights then before. i remember when fights where the most common thing ever and you could pound on the other guys face for like 5 minutes before the first security guy even showed up. NOW you wont be able to start at all because the security will already be there "escorting" you out.

    The guys/girls level is getting realllllly bad recently(the last... 3-5 months). Expect to be dancing with a 5 vs 1 ratio at about 1am. so if you go there for a a girl... go early or dont bother. whats left at 2 is left there for a good reason.
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  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    thank you for the advice....helpful & interesting !
    thanks guys.@
    =)
  • Kodi
    Kodi wrote:
    If you are Chinese and like to dance I say go to Mix!!!! It is a nice atmosphere and since you are a girl you should be in the good graces of the security..... It is not as expensive as Xiu.... and not as many trashy foreigners hitting on you....
  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    I had heard of Mix before! and some other good ones at sunlitun..dancing is good,but whether there is some bars i can actually sit and listening to live music?
    how about Lushu bar in WudaOkou?
    cheers@!
  • Danielle
    Danielle wrote:
    Lush bar is in the Guanghezuoyong bookstore,the second floor.just got this infor from
    my friend,she said that place is awesome..
  • ┢┦apΡy
    ┢┦apΡy wrote:
    China Doll
  • ****
    **** wrote:
    i think people forgot something that actually you girls mentioned: live concert, well if that's what you want you must go to yugong yishang it is a bar with a scene with pretty good band a nice bar tables and many foreigners as well as chinese, end at the end people go out and squatt outside talking, definitely worth check out
  • ****
    **** wrote:
    the old china doll was great! but the new one is totally tyhe opposite! they change the style and now it's just another chinese bar with crap design, cheap music,expensive drinks and prostitute all way down! stay out of it if you don't want a black hole on your trip book

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