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    • Dinglin UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2016
        50 Huiwen Rd (just a couple blocks from either Zhongxing Rd or Baoshan Rd subway stations), Zhabei Dist, Utopia Map
        鼎临上海闸北区会文路50号永会大楼
        6356-4358, 6356-4798

        New location in 2015 for this long-running gay sauna. Less run down than the former premises, but this is still a Chinese neighborhood sauna, so lower your expectations. Large, 1600sqm facility on two floors. 1/F reception. Put your shoes into the Y$1 coin locker and then give the key to the attendant (someone is usually on hand to guide you in minimal English). Entry is about US$10, but first time visitors must pay a little extra (about US$4 more) for a member card. You will be given a bag with small towel, and comfy shorts and shirt to wear when you roam outside the wet area. 300 lockers use an eletronic wrist band instead of a key. The large wet area has a big open room that can get packed with naked guys, lounging at the perimeter or lining up for their turn at the open showers. If you love your forests natural (and we do), all the trees here are bushy and uncut. Dry sauna and steam room are adjacent. 2/F has communal lounges, massage rooms, ping pong, mahjong, snack cafe and smoking rooms. You will get asked many times if you'd like a massage from the in-house masseurs (prices are posted at the top of the stairway leading to 2/F) and you may be pestered by an occasional odd MB (just say no, the fun's free here). Open daily 6am to midnight (foreigners are welcome, but not allowed to stay overnight).
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      HAWAII GYM & SAUNA UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2018, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2015
        5/F, 222 Caoxi Rd
        Utopia Map
        上海市漕溪路222号北楼全季酒店5层
        6482-2259

        Walk out from Metro Caobao Road Station Exit 1 and head forward, across the intersection and continue north for a couple blocks. Hawaii is in the building next to, and north of, the hotel on your left (see map). Professional sports equipment. Clean and comfortable environment. High-quality service from their friendly staff. Enjoy a work-out, steam, dry sauna, and dark relaxing areas. Large towels provided. Showers and lounge area, with secure and private lockers. Full fitness and relaxation in a safe and clean, fun, men-only environment. Open daily 1pm-10pm.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 20% DISCOUNT off entry.
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    • Huli (Mutual Benefit) UTOPIAN VERIFIED SEP 2016, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        2/F 415 Baotong Rd (near Zhongxing Rd), Utopia Map
        (上海铜欣浴池,宝通路415号2楼,靠近中兴路)
        6629-0256

        Neighborhood gay sauna that is easy to get to by taxi. Or, take Line 3 to Dongbaoxing Lu, Exit 1. Keep left and go over the bridge on Baushan Lu. At the light, rurn right onto Dong Bao Xing Lu and then the next left onto Zhongxing Lu. Walk to the next intersection and turn right into Baotong Lu. The unmarked entrance is in the building on the right at 415. Climb the stairs up to 2/F. Remove your shoes and trade for rubber slippers. Pay and get a bag containing your small bath towel and pajamas. The staff will take your shoes. All facilities are on this floor. Start at the lockers (note that the lockers have a double lock system) and enter the adjacent wet area with showers (stand on the small, metal grid to activate) with shared liquid soap bottle, warm pool, massage table and two tepid rooms where most of the action takes place. After changing into your pajamas you can wander around the karaoke room, large TV lounge and bar, massage room and ping-pong room. Small, but surprisingly clean (they have one of the cleanest toilets we've ever seen in a sauna in China!). Not much English spoken, but the staff will assist you. Crowd is a friendly mix of mature working class men, massage staff and younger guys that seem very needy.
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    • Lianbang UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2016
        228 Zhizaoju Lu, Utopia Map
        联邦浴室, 制造局路228号
        021-6313-5567

        There are two saunas here, both in the alley entrance to the hotel (the large neon lit facade is easy to spot). The straight one is on the left as you enter and the gay one is on the right, just after the restaurant and before the stairwell. Take Bus 18 or 23 from Renmin Guangchang (People's Square), get off at Xietu Lu and walk through Xietu Lu to Zhizaoju Lu to find Lianbang Hotel. There is also a bus stop right in front and bus 18 and 23 pass by here to the city. There is a lady at reception and she charges foreigners for the VIP room fee (while Chinese pay Y$10 less for a regular room). You probably won't use the VIP room, but an attendant will unlock one for you if you want to use it. Most people just cruise around the open regular rooms. Lockers are large enough for small luggage, yet so flimsy you will be scared to leave anything of value in them, even though there is an attendant on duty. You are given a small towel and a set of tiny pajamas to put on after you shower. No safety supplies, so bring your own. There is a large, dark steam room off the shower area and four little mini steam rooms. The upper floors are where the cruising goes on, but it gets thick with resident moneyboys the higher and deeper you go. These young hustlers are pushy and confusingly deceptive. Diversified range of ages and physiques, from the muscular to the mature. Massage also available from sauna staff. Open 24 hours. You are allowed to go outside for one hour only to eat (with sauna slippers on). Busiest on weekends and weekdays after work.
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