KTV True Life

On June 26, 2012, in China Attractions, Cool Places, Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Back in the States I’ve always been a big fan on karaoke, and this past semester I was graced without Wednesday classes so every Tuesday night my friends and I would go to karaoke at our local haunt.  When I decided to travel to Beijing I was delighted to find that karaoke is extremely popular […]

Back in the States I’ve always been a big fan on karaoke, and this past semester I was graced without Wednesday classes so every Tuesday night my friends and I would go to karaoke at our local haunt.  When I decided to travel to Beijing I was delighted to find that karaoke is extremely popular here.  The first thing I did after I got off my Beijing flights after I unpacked my apartment was to check out some local Karaoke.

A bar with karaoke in The US is usually set up like an open-mic night, with a stage where anyone can sign up to sing in front of the entire bar.  This is a lot of fun, but has two major drawbacks: you have to sing in front of strangers, and strangers have to sing in front of you.  Sometimes this is great and leads to new friends and seeing amazing talent.  More often however, it’s like being forced to watch a string of rejects from American Idol.

Conversely, in China karaoke is a very intimate experience.  With KTV (Karaoke Television) you rent out private rooms for you and your friends that can range for a small room for 6-12 people, to a massive two story hall.  You are given a few microphones, and a computer terminal to the side of the room controls what songs are played.  There is a huge selection of popular Western and Eastern music to choose from.  The songs play in whatever order you choose on the screen.  In my experience everyone who wants to sing crowds around the microphones, and they are passed from person to person.  You’re all singing to each other rather than singing to an audience.

KTV is a great way to spend an evening, and to see a different approach to an international trend.  When I go to KTV I get to sing my heart out with my friends just like I would back home, but with a Chinese twist.  Karaoke is much more mainstream and popular here than it is back home where I usually found myself dragging my friends to the bar and pushing them on stage.  In China, karaoke is a small and intimate experience where everyone gets excited and  everyone participates.  As part of your China travel check out a KTV venue near you, and if you’re staying for a long time like I am invite your Chinese friends!  Nothing brings people together quite like drinks, songs, and laughter.

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Let’s hear it for KTV!

On May 11, 2012, in Entertainment, Nightlife, Nightlife, by Jack Li

You’ve been busy all day and now it’s time to kick-back and let your hair down. Hitting the KTV clubs (Karaoke) in China is one of the funniest and most sociable ways in which to do this. KTV is quite estranged from the arch-typical trip to China, but sure enough, there may well be one […]

You’ve been busy all day and now it’s time to kick-back and let your hair down. Hitting the KTV clubs (Karaoke) in China is one of the funniest and most sociable ways in which to do this. KTV is quite estranged from the arch-typical trip to China, but sure enough, there may well be one of these nearby to your China hotels for you and your friends to spend an exhilarating evening. Without doubt, the sparkly-clean veneer of some of the KTV clubs with their attentive service makes it an excellent venue to unwind, especially after your China flights.

Twice I have been to KTV and both times were a barrel-of-laughs. I found that to really enjoy the experiences, you need to stay for a good few hours (after which you have loosened up from a few drinks). Even if singing is not your talent (and I’m certainly no Pavarotti); then grab a maraca and shake away! Or, for the more rhythmical individual, especially if you’re placed in a large room, there is the option of taking to the dance floor and showing off some moves.

Compared to the western world, karaoke in China is big business comprising of large venues. The KTV club I went to with friends is typical of what to expect with Chinese karaoke. It is a large building with numerous private function rooms to allow you and your friends to enjoy a good-old sing-song to your heart’s content. Indeed, the layout of the clubs is a stark contrast to the usual western karaoke open bar setting. Due to KTV clubs having lots of private function rooms and often staying open for twenty-four hours, criticism has come in the form of liking the clubs to sleaze. Nevertheless, by booking a private room at KTV you will be guaranteed to be safe in the knowledge that you will be singing in front of familiar faces.

Listening to a Chinese friend’s advice before booking a KTV room is recommended to ensure that the venue is fit for your purpose. Amongst other things, pre-booking is advisable as KTV clubs are very popular and may be fully booked upon arrival. In addition, it’s worth confirming your playlist beforehand, unless you would like to sing Chinese songs. With all said (or sung) and done, KTV is a cultural part of modern China which should not go amiss on any China travel schedule.

 

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Things to Try in China

On November 22, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Nightlife, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

When you go on your China travel there are a couple of activities you should try while you are visiting. The first activity is KTV known as Karaoke Television. The second is street food. You must try the street food. KTV and street food are very popular to the locals and to foreigners. Trying these […]

When you go on your China travel there are a couple of activities you should try while you are visiting. The first activity is KTV known as Karaoke Television. The second is street food. You must try the street food. KTV and street food are very popular to the locals and to foreigners. Trying these two activities will be entertaining for you and the people who will come with you on your China tour.   

KTV is the Best way to send a night.

If you want to have fun like the local do then KTV is right for you. KTV stands for Karaoke Television. Instead of singing karaoke at a bar, here in China they rent out rooms for people to come and sing and dance. So if you just want to have fun times try KTV.

There are many reason why people go to KTV some of reason could be for a work party, or for a friends birthday party or just to be able to hangout with each other. Each group of people will get one room where all of their friends are and sing to each other their favorite’s songs. Each room has a big scene and a stage with a microphone. KTV will allow you to get your groove on and impress your friends. Foreigners love going to KTV because it is really fun way to send their time and they can feel like a small celebrity without being judged.

Street food is good-

Most cities in China will have street food able to you. Some cities will have night market where you can walk down a street of vendors and see the different street food that they are offering. Some of the foods you can try are star fish, snake, and frog, meat on a stick, dog, cat, sea horse, bugs and much more. If you don’t want to try a new adventure then you can get fruit with a sugar coating (these are really good) or yogurt.

If you are too scared to try these kinds of food you can always get a Chinese pancake.  These pancake are made with egg you can watch the person make it for you. They have a big circle grill where they pour the batter then they use a stick to make the batter circle. They will cook each side of it when it. You will have a choices of what you want to put in side of it lettuce or a meat. When it is all done the person making it will fold it up and give it to you. It will be nice and warm. These are good to eat whenever. Another food you should try is the China style burger. These are pitas filled with meat and lettuces. They are really good. So when you are in China make sure you try the street food.    

As you get off your China flight make note to try KTV and street food. Trying these two activities will allow you to be entertained. It will also help you understand Chinese cultural a little better. You might think that the street food is weird but many locals enjoy these kinds of food and eat it on a regular basic. So come to China and do what the locals do.

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Karaoke

On October 19, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Entertainment, Nightlife, by Jack Li

When I use to think of Karaoke, I thought of drunken Chav’s screeching very badly to lame cheesy music in a very rough pub with a pint of  dirty beer! This being the case when I was invited to go to a Chinese bar by a business client I was very surprised and obviously a […]

When I use to think of Karaoke, I thought of drunken Chav’s screeching very badly to lame cheesy music in a very rough pub with

a pint of  dirty beer! This being the case when I was invited to go to a Chinese bar by a business client I was very surprised and obviously a little sceptical! However it turns out karaoke in China is actually for the elite and powerful business men.

The karaoke Bars are like nothing i’ve ever seen before really posh and lush with lavish private rooms and personal waiters. Alcohol is served by the bottle and compared with the rest of china the prices are very expensive! Its well worth it  has a great sound system with any song you can think of available to sing in either Chinese or English.

Most of the Karaoke TV places are open around the clock, which makes it one of the most sociable and entertaining activates rivalling clubbing, lots of young and old people partake in Karaoke!

At first people are obviously going to feel shy and a bit uncomfortable but the best way to get over this is to get the alcohol flowing and just get into it! You can also order an array of delicious but quite pricey nibbles to snack on whilst you sing which are always a welcome treat. The average price of a private room depending on the size can be rented for as little as 150 Yuan per hour this sometimes comes with a complimentary bottle of spirit the rooms are all designated with there own waiter

who will assist with getting drinks and also the technology of the karaoke machine!

I spent an enjoyable hour and a half at the Karaoke bar and will be going back I would 100% recommend doing this activity it’s an experience not to be missed!!

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