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Karaoke and Discos

Karaoke is a hugely popular activity in Beijing. It is basically a bar with rooms that you rent out for however many hours, which is equipped with a TV and stereo system and 2 microphones. It can be a lot of fun to hang out with your friends and sing your favourite songs all night long. Most of the songs are in Chinese, and it used to be that the only English selections were "Happy Birthday" and "Yesterday Once More", (still a big hit), but more and more karaokes have extensive English language 'menus' now too.

Beijing is full of discos. Tickets range anywhere from 50-100 yuan and they are usually open from around 7 pm to 2 am, sometimes later. The biggest disco is JJ's and they have lucky draws and guest singers every night. Most discos have some sort of performance, the wildest one being the "cage dancing" and "modern dance" at Hottop Disco on the east third Ring Road.