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    • Dinglin UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2015
        50 Huiwen Rd (nearest subway station on Baoshan Rd), Zhabei Dist
        6356-4358, 6356-4798

        New location in 2015 for this long-running gay sauna. New Dinglin gay sauna. Very clean and cozy. Large 1600sqm facility on two floors with 300 lockers, sauna, gym, steam rooms, canteen, dark room, private rooms, karaoke and more. Open daily 6am to midnight (foreigners are welcome, but not allowed to stay overnight).
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "Entry fee of Y$60, plus membership of Y$20 payable on first visit. Everything is new right now and reasonably clean, by Chinese standards, and still a bit untidy. Masseurs and private rooms available. I think it attracts 35yr plus crowd." -- Eugene, Oct 5, 2015

        "It is definitely much more clean then the old place, with a big shower area consisting of 10 showers next to each other, without any walls between them (not for shy guys). The hot sauna is much bigger than before and has a window to enjoy the view of showering guys or to watch Chinese TV. Two steam rooms where the action takes place. Upstairs are resting rooms with many comfortable seats, although smaller then the old place. Of course massage is available. A bit difficult to find on a small neigbourhood street. Located in basement of a typical Chinese housing estate. But the entrance is right in front and has a name board clearly at its entrance door." -- Tonychina, Aug 3, 2015


    • Huli (Mutual Benefit) UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        2/F 415 Baotong Rd (near Zhongxing Rd), Utopia Map

        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 very friendly a mix of mature working class men, massage staff and younger guys that seem very needy.
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    • Lianbang UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAR 2015
        228 Zhizaoju Lu, Utopia Map
        联邦浴室, 制造局路228号

        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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