Beijing has an energetic bar and club scene that is mostly centred around the Sanlitun and Houhai areas. Home to such popular nightspots as Pavillion and Mix, the Sanlitun area is frequented by expats and is where one will find a range of international clubs and bars. Situated near Beihai Park, the Houhai area is known for its chic restaurants and bars which include Blue Lotus and Amber bar.
Another two popular Beijing nightlife areas are Luoguxiang and Wudaokou. While Luoguxiang has numerous bars, Wudaokou which is located in the university area is frequented by both local and international students.
Apart from bar hopping and clubbing, other popular night time activities in the city include having a late night snack with family and friends. This commonly practiced local activity sees people frequenting street side restaurants late at night and enjoying good food and good company. Mutton kebabs are a favourite dish amongst locals as are roast chicken wings and fried peanuts.
One can also take in cultural performances and other forms of entertainment in one of the city’s many theatres, concert venues or teahouses. Viewing a Peking opera is a popular activity, while visitors can also take in Chinese Kung Fu performances in such venues as Red Theatre in Chongwen, dramas at the Beijing People’s Art Theatre and concerts at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.
Other popular night time venues include the city’s lively karaoke bars as well as the Wangfujing and Dong Hua Men night markets where one can sample such exotic local delicacies as scorpions, centipedes, deep fried crickets, chicken hearts, cow stomach and octopus tentacles.
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