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CHENGDU (Sichuan Province) -- area code +86-28

General Information

    So may Chinese gays say the same thing: Chengdu is a gay paradise. But don't visit expecting rainbow flags and pride parades. What they mean is that gays in Chengdu feel tolerated and blend in to the point that there are very few gay-only bars. In fact, gays here seem almost invisible. They go to whatever popular clubs and restaurants they want to and socialize in groups that include their women and straight friends. Even in the few gay-only clubs, you won't find much in the way of spaces for private encounters. Gays here flirt and hug and trade phone numbers with those they may be interested in. You will almost instantly be asked if you like anyone in their immediate group and easy-breezy matchmaking seems to be part of Chengdu's laid-back lifestyle. And life here is decidedly relaxed. Food is delicious, spicy and inexpensive (unless you dine in the many themed "Chinese village" shopping neighborhoods where both foreign and Chinese tourists are overcharged for everything). Chinese gays also claim that Chengdu has lots of cute guys, but, like its reputation for being a gay paradise, this is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

    Population is over 10 million (that's more than 400,000 Utopians).

Chengdu (c) 2009 by John Goss


Organizations

  • Chengdu Gay Care Organization (CGCO)
      3/F 1st Club Jiuba, Hongxing Rd Erduan (just down the hall from the Bian Zou drag cabaret show bar)
      8662-7577, Chinese language hotline: 8815-1415.

      Chengdu's regional HIV/AIDS outreach center and tongzhi (queer) community organization. Funded in part by a UK NGO. They have a very positive presence in town. Information board in the hallway and Chinese language litereature available for those that drop by. They also host occasional meetings, film screenings and other educational programs.
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Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • 8 + 1 Gent's Tavern UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014

    • Beatles Bar

    • Best Life UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014

    • Liusi/6 Colour UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014

    • MAGMA UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014

    • MC Club UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014
        1/F Haicheng Dasha, Tianxian Qiao Bei Rd
        成都市天仙桥北路6号(东门大桥旁)海成大厦1楼
        8666-6029, 135-5367-4529

        North street of Tianxian Bridge (6) (tianxian qiao bei jie 24 hao). Set back from the main road down a driveway at the base of the Haicheng Bld. You can see a Sports center sign from the road. MC sauna is below it and the bar is beyond it, around the corner. Large gay club with patio seating facing the river and large indoor seating with bar and small stage for performances. This is the happening gay club in Chengdu. Opens about 9pm and runs until very early in the morning. Packed on weekends. Free show. Some lesbians. Entry is cheaper before 8pm.
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    • Mu Di Di (Destination)
        Ge Lin Pu Lan Te (Green Planet Hotel), 63 Huaxingdong St

        Look for the round, red Budweiser sign on the 2/F exterior of the hotel. A beautifully designed gay bar and karaoke club.
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    • YueLianHua Bar

    • YY UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014
        Dongmen Bridge West Crossing, on 2/F of the building at the corner between Tian Xian Qiao Nan Lu and Xiao Dong (DaXie Duan/street section)

        YY, Baron and one lesbian bar are here. It's like a gay complex. Two gay bars next to each other and then one huge lesbian bar. Good fun in YY.
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Cabarets

    • Bian Zou (Variation Bar)
        3/F 1st Club Jiuba, Hongxing Rd Erduan

        Ask your taxi driver to go to the Bowling Hall near the Wanfujing Shopping Centre 万福井 in Zongfu Rd 总府路. When you are outside the main door of the bowling center, walk east on the street parallel to Zongfu Lu towards Hongxing Rd. 100m ahead, at the crossroad with Hongxing Rd, you will find this place on your righthand side. Another simple way to get there is to get to the crossroad between Zongfu Rd, Dacisi Rd and Hongxing Rd Erduan, and walk north on the western sidewalk of Hongxing Rd Erduan. You will see the glittering sign for "1st Club Jiuba" on your left hand side. Take elevator to 3/F and get ready for one of Chendu's most exotic experiences. Before the show, male staff in street clothes parade on stage ("What are they doing?" we asked. "Rehearsing," explained the hostess.) and then eagerly chat up customers who are urged to buy drinks for them (no thanks). The show itself, while a few decades behind Bangkok cabaret, has been updated with new routines, better costumes and some amazingly professional dancers. Don't sit near the front unless you want to become part of hostess' comedy schtick. As soon as the show ends the drag queens get changed into "Priscilla" style clothes and head to another gig. 一加一酒吧 红星路二段
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Karaoke

Massage

    • G-house Spa for Men Only
        186-0001-8040, email

        Gay-owned spa for men only in Chengdu's CBD. Call for directions to the facility and they'll fetch you from the vicinity. Stylishly designed secret garden, with cozy rooms amidst quiet and relaxation. Purest botanical essences, imported from France and Canada. Tailored to suit the needs of men -- with treatments carried out by professionally trained masseurs. Treatments include relaxation massage, 4-hand massage, sea crystal scrub, waxing, and more combining Chinese tradition, yin and yang, and aboriginal elements. They have adopted traditional music and the theory of Chinese medicine based on the balance of elements (gold, wood, water, fire, soil). After your treatment, enjoy healthy refreshments.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 20% DISCOUNT.
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    • Gay-SKY Massage UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2017
        (0) 180-1917-7815, email

        24 hour outcall massage service. Their masseurs are young, professionally trained, skillful, and know exactly how to manage men's special needs to help you stay healthy and balanced. Treatments include their signature relaxation massage, four-hand massage, yin-yang harmony, and more. They offer a free membership so you may register to enjoy more preferential treatment. Full service consumer support for convenient bank card online payments.
        Utopia Member Benefit: Y$100 DISCOUNT off price plus 30 EXTRA MINUTES FREE.
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Meeting Places

Chengdu (c) 2009 by John Goss

    • Baiguoyaun Tea Bar

    • LinZhongCan Tea Garden (林中餐) UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2012
        RenminZong Lu, just north of Tianfu Square, at the intersection with YuHe West St (西御河) (the Sheraton hotel is on the corner).

        Cross the street and follow the side street (YuHe West) to just before the next T junction. You will see the entrance to the garden on your left. Locals waste away hours on sunny afternoons under the trees, drinking tea and playing Mahjong and card games. After entering the garden, choose a table to the right (closer to the facilities) and keep an eye on the facilities and will see guys come and go. You may be able to make a friend when visiting the facilities. It is a mixed crowd, so like always, use discretion and play safe.
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    • Panda Square


Saunas and Fitness

    • MC Sauna UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2014
        1/F Haicheng Bld
        成都市天仙桥北路6号(东门大桥旁)海成大厦1楼
        6603-8798, 135-5367-4529

        North street of Tianxian bridge (6) (tianxian qiao bei jie 24 hao). You can see a Sports center sign from the road. MC sauna is below it. Beautifully decorated and men's club right around the corner from their popular bar (see listing under Bars). Lockers, showres and steam, foot massage and body massage rooms, PC stations with Net, bar. More of a social/relaxing space than a typical cruise sauna. Clean and well-managed. Busiest on weekends.
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    • Qicaiyinxiang Man Club

    • Xinbaixung


Shops and Salons

Chengdu (c) 2009 by John Goss

      Fun to visit and colorful for your cameras (but expect high prices for mediocre food), Chengdu's "Chinese Village" themed shopping areas are like Disneyland's Main Street -- an idealized version of the charming local neighborhoods that got plowed under and built over in the great drive towards progress. Jin Li Ancient Street next to Wuhou Temple (this funerary temple and its gardens has a steep Y$60+ entry fee compared to Y$5+ for Wenshu Temple or Y$10+ for Qingyang Temple) is the most famous and packed with Chinese tourists. Kuan Xiangzi is more trendy, with clubs and restaurants that come alive in the evenings, yet you will still see residents doing synchronized dance routines, toddlers in split pants answering the call of nature, elaborate ear cleaning experts waiting to use their specialized tools on you, sugar-glass blowers and drizzlers making elaborate sweets that are works of folk art (see photo above), and all manner of Chinese crafts and edibles. The neighborhood around Wenshu Temple is another one of these pop-go-the-Chinese shopping districts.



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