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This is my first entry for LalaSZ blog post so please be gentle!
Last Saturday, I joined the Rainbow party at Luna. I arrived at around 9.30pm and was a little nervous as I didn’t know anyone as I’m ‘fresh off the boat’.
I’d seen the advertisement for the party in a group called EveryGays, that a friend had put me in too.
Upon arrival, I noticed that it was a little quiet but the party organizers introduced themselves as well as a few people that they were stood with.
After getting a drink from the bar, I went to join a table that had only a few people on and decided to bite the bullet and strike up a conversation with them. I’m so glad I did because they had also come alone and were very friendly.
As the night went on, more and more people started to arrive. By midnight, I’d guess that there were about a hundred people there.
There was a raffle draw for a bottle of Grey Goose and some T-shirts but sadly, I didn’t win.
If I had to say something negative about the party, I would say that the further into the night it got, the smokier the venue became.
Overall, I had a great time and am looking forward to the next party. I’ve already met up with some new friends that I made and plan to meet up with a few more very soon!
Few photos of the night!
Its almost unbelievable that being gay was considered crime until 1997 and as a mental illness in China, and only in 2001 that they took it off the list. China is known for being almost crime-free due to the absence of guns, and no homophobic-related crimes have been heard of especially in recent years. Fast forward to 2018, Shenzhen is no exception, as it is a city bustling with life and thousands of establishments catered for foreigners and Chinese alike. Since it’s an industrial city, people from all over China and all over the world come here to do business or work, and sometimes pleasure.
Due to the influence of western media, China has become more open and accepting of homosexuals. The younger generation seems to be more open and accepting, regardless of a person’s sexual orientation. This is why there are many bars and venues which are focused on western culture, which means they are accepting and open to gays in general.
Gay-friendly venues aren’t hard to find around the city, especially in Nanshan and Futian, although some are also found in the Luohu area. Much like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, the Shenzhen gay scene is alive and well, but not too active at the moment. Places like health saunas for gay people are not very popular and are often given negative reviews for being unsafe and unsanitary. I would recommend going to Hong Kong instead if you fancy these places. Gay bars are often boring, with the people flocking to the stage when the male dancers come out, then go back to their seats after the show. Unless it’s a special theme night with a sponsoring group and special shows, men would just usually sit around talking and bobbing their head to the music occasionally.
In my honest opinion, I’ve had better experiences visiting gay-friendly bars and mingling with both locals and foreigners who are surprisingly friendly. I particularly like O-Garden, Bang Club and Pepper in Coco Park, because of the friendly atmosphere and the lively music. O-Garden plays some deep house tunes which you can shake your booty too and sometimes sing along with as well. Their music isn’t too loud, which is good because you can actually have a conversation while drinking. It’s not fist-pumping music, but it’s great when you just wanna shake a little bit and feel sexy. They have theme nights as well, and the staff is friendly and some of them can speak English. Pepper club plays more of the current popular music, as with most bars in the city. It has a decent dance floor, and some popular local and international DJ acts have performed there. Bang Club has three theme nights per week, a mix of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music every Monday night for the nostalgic. Wednesdays are Latin music nights, and Thursdays are Latin, Caribbean and African music.
There are other bars you’d pass by as you walk through this area, like Baron, EDEN, Mojo, and Sicilia. I would dare say I haven’t been to a bar in this area that wasn’t gay-friendly, so you’re safe to patronize any of these establishments. Do watch out for special theme nights for the LGBT community. Yes, Shenzhen has an active LGBT community. Although the active Saturgays group have recently halted activities, the people behind it continue to come up with LGBT parties and fun gatherings. Shenzhen also has Pandora Parties, an LGBT-friendly party group which has recently celebrated its three years of bringing people from all walks of life together in the form of private house parties, private hotel parties, pool parties, and other special events, in which everyone is welcome.
Shekou and Luohu also have their line-up of gay-friendly places. Crazy bar has been well-known for a good 10 years, O-nana is one of the more popular venues for special themed gay parties, of course since it is a gay bar with some of the sexiest and raunchiest Chinese male dancers who perform every night. Then there’s Lili Marleen just below KK Mall, which boasts of loud and popular new music and a line-up of fine local DJ’s. Muse bar, or more popularly known as S-Muse is also gay-friendly, along with Papaya and M1 bar, which plays popular current EDM and offers free drinks to foreigners all night.
The continuing support and efforts of foreigners and locals alike have made it possible for gay men to enjoy being themselves in this city without fear of prejudice. China is moving forward and maturing into an open-minded and accepting country slowly but surely.
Though this isn’t much of a review but rather a summary of the gay-friendly locations, I hope that you enjoyed reading it nonetheless. I’m looking forward to more activities and events in the LGBT community here in Shenzhen.
(Barhopper, tinkerer, cook, music freak and time traveler).
Rock, paper… Rainbow!
Rainbow Movement is back and with a new party, HIP-HOP night at Luna Bar is on Saturday, September 22nd. If you are one of our followers or new in town you should come and Have the change to meet new people.
This Bar has been in Shekou for a while, it is one of the original places to go, I should know I used to be a regular, you can find an amazing brunch Sunday morning, with a friendly staff and good service this place is starting to open more and more to the community, They will host our LGBT+ Party
Specials for the night:
Address: Address: 1 Kangle Lu, G/F Fuzhon Hotel, Shekou Shuiwan Metro Station Exit D / 地址: LUNA酒吧南山招商街道康乐路1-1号水湾地铁站D出口
Below you can find our Qr Code for Payment
Hello Lalas! I am back, I know I said that a lot, with a new “unofficial” top! if you don´t know what I am talking about you should check out my first post: The 7 gay-friendly “Unofficial” destinations to travel in China, and to keep the tradition going I will go now for the top 7 unofficial LGBT+ in Shenzhen!
A nightclub right in the middle of the most important financial district in Shenzhen, Futian, is a club in a rooftop with great music and many specials, easy access by metro and fair prices. It is popular the ladies night on Wednesdays where a lot of people from the LGBT+ community feel comfortable and go to a party when there are no official events.
Address: No. 138, Min Tian Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, Metro station Shopping Park Exit B 深圳市福田区民田路138号购物公园,
2. Bang Club or 邦酒吧
This is a club you don´t want to miss especially on Mondays, yes you heard right, Mondays! Also in the center of Futian District. Bang Club just as O`Garden are in the same area so you can always enjoy both locations.
Address: 138, Block B, North of Shopping Park, Min Tian Lu, by Fuhua Yi LuMetro station Shopping Park Exit B 深圳市福田区民田路购物公园北园B区138号
This Bar has some of the best craft beers in Shenzhen if you are a fan of a chill environment, good food, and especially good beer, this is the right place for you. It was a sponsor for PRIDE 2018, another place for your check out list
The Eurovision Song Contest is fast approaching and, to celebrate this annual awesomeness, we will be holding a pre-Eurovision party to beat all others!
As it will not go live until 3am on 13th May, we will be bringing you all the best hits from the last few decades.
Our DJ will be playing all your favourites so why not dress up to match?!
The RAINBOW Movement will be charging the usual rate of 50rmb for pre-sale tickets and have amazing drink offers all night: genuine spirits and beers for the bargain price of four for 100rmb.
What are you waiting for?
Scan the QR code on the poster to get your tickets!
You’ll be added into the ticket holder group where we will be taking song requests so we don’t miss your favourite!
Address: 大新地铁站A出口 前海商业中心二楼 Daxin Subway Station Exit A Second Floor, Qianhai Commercial Center
Honorable Mention #1: Tinder
If you’re a single Lala, I am sure you have tried Tinder. So why didn’t I ever find you? Probably because you compulsively download, delete, and re-download it due to your cycle of boredom and frustration.
Tinder is FULL of hot girls with boyfriends, looking for a unicorn. I think that’s great but I wish there could be a box to check when you’re not into couples. Not that saying you’re not into boys even works… Tinder always shows me boys anyway. So after swiping through all the unicorn hunters, my Tinder experience goes like this:
However, due to its popularity, I still give tinder and honorable mention. If you’re looking for that wild card kind of date, or just to creep on pictures of cuties, you can always give it a go. (Just remember to be safe!)
Honorable Mention #2: Spicy/HER/Lesbian-Specific Apps
Are the girls on these even real? Where are they? In lesbian fashion, these apps don’t tend to filter based on proximity. In my experience the interfaces are not as well designed as other more mainstream apps, but again, it’s cool to look at pictures and chat with other Queerios. Who knows, maybe that girl in Seychelles will really be the one for you.
3rd Place: Mobike
For all my Laowai Lalas (Laolas??) I’m awarding Mobike (or Ofo, whatever you prefer between your legs) the bronze medal. Get out on that town! Keep it tight! Get your ass and legs on point!
I love biking around Shenzhen, it’s so freeing knowing I can bike as far as I want, ditch my bike, and take the subway home if I want to. Biking will get you to parts of the city you won’t discover in your usual rut. Explore your city and enjoy your single life while you can. Maybe you’ll bike up to a hidden cafe and She will be waiting for you there.
2nd Place: Wechat
Lez be honest, if you’re a Laola, Wechat is your online life. But how can you use it to meet cuties?
1st Place: Duolingo
Remember that awkward screenshot from honorable mention number two? Well I have the solution for how you can prepare to talk to hotties from around the world. Open up your options by learning a new language with Duolingo!
Duolingo is a free app that will teach you a foreign language through daily game-like exercises. It is SUCH a good use of your time! Lonely? Don’t worry, Duolingo will text you if you leave it alone too long. It cares about your progress! If you wake up in the morning without that someone special to text, Duolingo will be there for you. The setup is validating and rewarding, and honestly addictive. (Seriously, I have struggled with addiction with this app, but I have no regrets.)
Duolingo offers multiple languages of instruction as well as multiple languages to study. Most importantly, some of the languages offer a special section on flirting. Are you into Latinas? Want to learn how to say “Do you come here often?” “Do you want to be my girlfriend?” or “Are you lost, heaven is far from here!” in Spanish? Or are you more into blondes? Start doing those German lessons. Have a weakness for French accents? You know what to do!
The algorithm is extremely effective, and there’s nothing sexier than a smart, multi-lingual Lala like you!
What are your tech tricks for picking up baes in the modern world? Share them in the comments!
“Mondays at O! Garden never fails to bring the best music for dancing to. With a mixture of Hip-Hop and Rap, the DJ is always on point. The crowd is diverse, and in good spirits. This is constantly a great spot to hear a mix of many genres of music including Old School, Hip Hop, Dance and Top 40. If you love to dance, O! Garden is the place to go.”
Ladies get 50% OFF on Brazilian BBQ & Buffet.
I don’t know about you but that is definitely a place I will be seen most Mondays!
All-new and every Tuesday, X-TA-SEA now has free drinks for ladies from 6:00PM till Midnight.
This is a sports bar & restaurant with great live music in the background while you are busy catching up with friends over a few glasses of free drinks.
If you are a wine lover, you can buy one bottle and get one for free!
“From 11pm to late a packed venue including a large group of dancers who come to show their moves at the rhythm of the Latin music offered by DJ Ivan Soto.”
OFFERS: “Every Wednesday the LADIES attending O! Garden drink absolutely FREE for 7+ hours! Including Beer, Vodka, Whisky, Rum, Gin, Tequila in fancy mixed cocktails.”
From 9-12 PM FREE special drinks for ladies with amazing live music in the background!
Choose from selected craft beers, cocktails or red and white wine! I’ve been there a few times and it’s definitely one of my favorite places to go for great food and craft beer!
Buy one get one free on all cocktails ALL NIGHT!
For the ladies who loves their cocktails, this is a place you should visit!
All locations/QR codes are provided in each poster to make them easy to find!
Leave a comment if you would like another one but this time FOOD DEALS!