Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CITYPANORAMA - By Du Qiong­fang

As the weather gets warmer this spring, city dwellers in China are join­ing in on more outdoor night time ac­tiv­i­ties and stay­ing out later. Many for­eign­ers, how­ever, pre­fer go­ing to clubs, bars or par­ties for their nightlife. The Global Times re­cently in­ter­viewed some for­eign­ers in Shang­hai about their ex­pe­ri­ences and opin­ions to­ward par­ty­ing in Shang­hai, the city that never sleeps.

Shang­hai never sleeps

Ste­fan Sch­midtg from Ger­many thinks Chi­nese par­ties must be very funny be­cause Chi­nese peo­ple do not do drugs and only drink beer.

When asked the dif­fer­ence between Chi­nese and for­eign par­ties, Jenny from Aus­tralia said that she has never been to a Chi­nese party but ex­pects Chi­nese peo­ple would get very dressed up for a night out on the town, whereas for­eign­ers tend to dress ca­su­ally.

Ana Cristina En­cal­ada from Ecuador, how­ever, said the big­gest dif­fer­ence is the mu­sic. She found that Chi­nese clubs and par­ties

mostly play generic elec­tron­ica and techno whereas for­eign­ers in Shang­hai pre­fer to lis­ten to Span­ish and Latin Amer­i­can mu­sic.

Mar­gaux Janin from France said that what she no­ticed was spe­cial about Shang­hai night­clubs is that Chi­nese and for­eign­ers sit and dance sep­a­rately, with all the for­eign­ers up front. For­eign­ers are also given free entry and free al­co­hol by lo­cal clubs whereas Chi­nese must pay.

Sanaz from the Nether­lands said that she has seen peo­ple danc­ing in Shang­hai parks at night, which she has never seen any­where else in the world. “That was very unique, very beau­ti­ful." Sanaz said.

Noise pol­lu­tion

Sch­midtg said that when Ger­mans have par­ties out­side, neighs­bors com­plain and call the po­lice, but he has never seen an outdoor party in Shang­hai.

In Ecuador of South Amer­ica, En­cal­ada said that clubs close around 2 or 3 am ac­cord­ing to law. “But it doesn’t re­ally hap­pen. Some­times they’re still open and there is a lot of noise,” En­cal­ada told the Global Times. Jenny said that in Aus­tralia she will close her win­dow if a neigh­bor is hav­ing an outdoor party, but Amanda, who is also from Aus­tralia, said she would call the po­lice af­ter 11 pm. “But the po­lice will just tell them to turn down the mu­sic; you can still con­tinue the party,” Rose from Aus­tralia added. When asked whose par­ties are more noisy, Chi­nese or for­eign­ers, our in­ter­vie­wees gave dif­fer­ent opin­ions. “Com­pared to Chi­nese, our par­ties are more noisy,” Ger­man ci­ti­zen Sch­midtg said. But Sanaz thinks Chi­nese and for­eign par­ties are more or less the same. “All peo­ple make noise when they are happy,” Sanaz said. Janin thinks Chi­nese par­ties are nois­ier, be­cause their mu­sic is turned up louder. “Af­ter step­ping out of a club [in China], it was like my ears are like su­per [un­com­fort­able]. They are too noisy,” Janin said.

En­cal­ada agreed. “Be­cause when I’m at Chi­nese par­ties, the sound is so loud. It is ex­tremely loud. Af­ter I leave the place I can still hear the noise in my head, like the boom boom boom.

“But at a for­eign party, the mu­sic is turned down, more con­trolled,” En­cal­ada said.

Noisy neigh­bors

Our for­eign in­ter­vie­wees also shared ways to deal with con­flicts with Chi­nese neigh­bors when hav­ing a house party.

“When they’re knock­ing at the door, it’s un­der­stand­able with­out any lan­guage,” Yaroslav from Rus­sia said.

Sanaz said she would tell her Chi­nese neigh­bors just to re­lax. But En­cal­ada, who once lived in Dong­guan, South China’s Guang­dong Prov­ince, said the lo­cals there used to call the po­lice on her a lot. “They al­ways tell us to be quiet,” En­cal­ada said.

Janin said that be­cause she can­not speak Chi­nese, she guessed it would be a prob­lem if her party was com­plained about by neigh­bors.

Which leads to the last ques­tion: which is more fun, a Chi­nese or for­eign party?

Sch­midtg said that, in Latin Amer­ica, every­one dances to­gether, even strangers. “But here in Shang­hai there is more drink­ing and less danc­ing.”

Janin went to a party thrown by some Nor­we­gians and thought it was fun be­cause every­one was drunk, which is dif­fer­ent com­pared with par­ties in her home coun­try, France. Sanaz thinks Chi­nese par­ties are def­i­nitely more fun. Rose agreed, say­ing if she can go to a Chi­nese party, maybe she would find it to be more fun, but it would de­pend on the oc­ca­sion.

“Brazil­ians do BBQ with­out any rea­son, and al­ways next to the beach. But there are not many beaches in China, so you can just cel­e­brate on your rooftop here. Just have a BBQ and have fun,” Sch­midtg said.

“I know for­eign­ers here who throw par­ties ev­ery week­end,” En­cal­ada said. Yaroslav con­firmed this, say­ing he will host a party for any kind of si­t­u­a­tion. “I am al­ways look­ing for sit­u­a­tions to do some fun things with oth­ers,” Sanaz agreed.

“For any rea­son, like if I’m feel­ing happy, I’ll have a party,” Janin said.

Ana Cristina En­cal­ada Sanaz


Ste­fan Sch­midtg

From left: Rose; Amanda; Jenny

Mar­gaux Janin

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