KTV, the most favorite entertainment for many Chinese. Not like us, being humiliated in front of a whole audience of strangers, but intimate in a room with just your friends. Each room has its own bathroom and there is room service if you want more food or drinks. The decoration looks like a fancy strip club, with mirrors, gold, lights and sparkles everywhere.
So, my friend was visiting from The Netherlands and I have to show her KTV, since explaining the concept won’t do. I invited all my colleagues and booked a room for 15 people. 9 show up, which is no problem, more beer for us! Oh, and fruit of course, gotta stay healthy… I bought one of the cheaper packages for around 30 yuan per person. This got us a few local beers each, a fruit platter, some nuts and dried fish, a couch for about 12 people and unlimited time in that room. You can buy more expensive packages that get you more beer, cocktails and Baijiu*
My friend and me start with the Spice Girls, “Tell me what you want…..” Next up is one of my coworkers with a Chinese love song. Then somebody else with another slow song and then, guess what? Another slow love song. Our turn: “Blurred lines….” shaking our hips, singing like there is no tomorrow. That was fun, next up, a slow Chinese love song and to mix things up a Korean love song afterwards. By the way: I don’t know what they do with those microphones, but even me, horrible at singing, sound half decent. Love it!
After we have repeated this routine a few times, most of the girls are leaving. Now it is only me, my friend and two colleagues, who have had a few beers. They are fun and are shaking their butts with us, laughing out loud when we play “Anaconda, I don’t want non unless you got buns hon…”. And believe it or not….they still mixed in some slow songs.
Yep, they all take their KTV very seriously.
Baijiu, local drink of 40% alcohol