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- Lavender Phoenix
Contact and support group for lesbian and bisexual women from Mainland China.
Baotou (Inner Mongolia) -- area code (86-472)
The population of Baotou is over 2 million (that's about 80,000 Utopians).
- Reports of a lesbian bar in the center of Ba Yi Park, near the playground.
BEIJING -- area code (86-10)
Everyone you meet in Beijing will tell you how much the city has changed in recent years. While not as radical as the space-age transformation of Shanghai, solemn Beijing is slowly re-furbishing its historical and cultural assets as it upgrades its infrastructure. The official "color" of Beijing, gray (!), is being blended with warmer pastels, and garden landscaping is optimistically employed to combat the pollution and dust. Even more changes are expected as the city prepares to host the Olympics, including a government campaign to eliminate swearing, spitting, and littering.
Population now exceeds 20 million (that's about 800,000 Utopians).
- LalaBar.com is a Chinese-language resource for lalas (lesbians).
- Women in Beijing message forum
Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Beijing:
- Les+ Magazine
A free Chinese-language zine about the local lesbian scene. Available at women's spots in Beijing.
Beijing Gay, Lesbian, and Allies Discussion is for those belonging to or wishing to support the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community in Beijing. Multicultural and multisexual, their aim is to bring these individuals together in a safe space that is supportive, friendly, and really FUN. They meet every 1st and 3rd Sun of the month in Sanlitun and welcome non-Chinese to join in.
Mail Box 63, Yayuncun Post Office, Beijing 100101, 6481-3064, email. Founded in 2005. A grassroots support group for lesbian and bisexual women. They run a lesbian hotline, host a weekly salon, and organize educational workshops and various cultural events such as lesbian film festivals and pride month celebrations. In addition they hold national workshops to aid queer women organizing and work wiht other women's groups and educators.
Lala Salon Activity Centre
2808 Phase 3, 3 Dongheng Shidai, Chaoyang Dist. A lesbian community center with a small bar. They hold regular educational and social events including an English corner for women mostly aged 20-40. 朝阳区东恒时代依期3号楼2808
Not far from DaWangLu Subway Station. Lesbian parties reported there mostly on Sat nights.
Beijing Lala Salon
Union Plaza Bld in a western restaurant on 1/F, Chao Yang Men area, Utopia Map, 135-0139-0576. Nearest subway stop is Chao Yang Men Station. Lala (lesbian) event every Sat afternoon from 2-6pm. Friendly space for chatting, sharing and support. Good for new comers to get to know people. Different topics for discussion and film showing each week. Local Chinese women from their mid 20's and above attend.
Lang Man Man Wu (Full House)
Dawang Lu, Xian Dai Cheng SOHO Building #2, Room #1804, 139-1077-0557. Stylish café JUST for Lesbians. Laid-back, intimate atmosphere with spacious interior, comfortable chairs, couches and private rooms. This cafe also offers a generous selection of drinks and snacks including an array of pasta's and rice. Thu night is especially for single lesbians who would like to meet one another. Open daily.
Shan Mu Lan Bar (mixed)
3 Shajing Hutong, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng Dist, 6403-7856. Located in a preserved old hutong area, close to Houhai bar area, but less commercial. A lesbian-friendly bar with exotic Xinjiang style decoration. Three floors with and open loft. The cool, luscious red sofas invite you to sink into them. The music is not so loud that you can't hold a decent conversation. Features Xinjing style rice and milk tea.
Wang You Ge (Forget About Worries!)
Hou Hai bar area (20m south of Yin Dian Bridge), 6657-1931. Very small, but cozy and quiet. Open nightly.
7 Gongti Xi Lu (near the Workers' Stadium). If you are coming from other parts of Beijing and using the subway, get off at Dong Si Shi Tiao Station, choose the exit that takes you to Gong Ren Ti Yu Chang (Workers' Stadium), walk along Gong Ti Bei Lu, you should go past the Asia Hotel, then the indoor stadium (Ti Yu GUAN), turn right immediately into Gong Ti Xi Lu, and walk for a bit, Destination will be on your right next to a Thai restaurant. Friendly management and staff, cool sound and lighting system and dance floor. Some women come to dance.
- Baby Face Spa For Women Only
Chao Yang District, 182-1019-8582, email. Lesbian-owned and specializing in outcall body massage for female customers. Their female masseurs are professionally trained, attractive, young and they guarantee satisfactory service. Utopia Member Privileges.
- Bellagio (Taiwanese cuisine)
6 Gongti Xi St, 010-6551-3533. This large and modern restaurant attracts trendy gays as it lies directly across from Destination disco. Beijingers really enjoy the Taiwanese-style desserts on offer here. Lesbian-friendly with cute tomboy staff. 鹿港小镇 - 北京市工体西路6号
- Baby Blue Adult Shop
268-91 Renmin Rd, FengTai Dist, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly shop providing high quality adult products at the reasonable prices. Baby Blue understands the private nature of such products and guarantees your privacy. Utopia Member Discount
CHENGDU (Sichuan Province)
-- area code (86-28)
- MC Club
1/F Haicheng Dasha, Tianxian Qiao Bei Rd, 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. Some lesbians. 成都市天仙桥北路6号（东门大桥旁）海成大厦1楼
- YueLianHua Bar
8901-2065. Lesbian bar, open nightly. Mixed ages, some 30+ women which is uncommon.
GUANGZHOU (Guangdong Province)
-- area code (86-20)
- Cave Café (mixed)
Tian He, near the Garden Hotel. It's more or less an English pub with music and dancers. Some lesbian scene and the lapdancers dancing in a very hot way. Some of the gals here also seem to be interested in each other.
- LouShang Bar
In the TianHe Sports Centre area, located on the street behind the TeeMall.Go east at the 7-11.
- Planet Bar
Tianhe area, behind Teemall/Grandview Mall (south side, opposite side from the TianHe Sports Plaza, down the street with 7-11 on the corner). Go east behind Grandview till you get to the 7-11 and turn right. Planet is in the first building on your left, door is at the back. The bar is on 2/F, so you'll need to ring the buzzer. A girl's club. The young lady who runs it is very welcoming, helpful and speaks pretty good English.
Guilin (Guangxi Province) -- area code (86-773)
Population is almost 1.5 million (that's about 60,000 Utopians).
- Lesbian Bar
and directions. Near the Guilin Bravo Hotel along one of the lovely lakes that snake through the center of the city. Absolutely wild. The bar has about thirty tables, including some in a loft, as well as a small stage. Guests are mostly women, but there are a few men. The place plays upbeat Chinese and western pop music and they have shows that involve audience participation. The crowd and staff are very friendly.
Guiyang (Guizhou Province) -- area code (86-851)
Population is over 3 million (that's about 120,000 Utopians).
- Shang Xia Xian (Up/Down Line)
Located in the the alley behind the Parkson's nearest to Pen Shui Chi on Zhonghua Lu (take a taxi or walk to "Long Gang Baisheng"). About 50/50 gay/lesbian.
Haikou (Hainan Island) -- area code (86-898)
Coffee World/Pizza Corner
28 Guomao Ave (above KFC), 6858-5907, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly western style coffee shop and restaurant with free Wi-fi. Under the Radar gathering Wed nights 8pm until closing. Women spotted here. Email for earlier meeting times. 海口市国贸大道28号金贸商城2楼
HANGZHOU (Zhejiang Province) -- area code (86-571)
- The Wine Shop
1, 1, Tong Po Rd (Long Chang Lu), 701-0481. Take Tong Po Road, and about half way there's an alley called Long Chang. First shop on the left is the bar. Very friendly atmosphere, mostly students and young professionals. After midnight good singing parties. Owner and cute bartenders very helpful. Chinese speaking staff.
- He Cha Guan (tea house)
77 Huai Min Rd (at the intersection of So Yan An South Rd), 8782-9711, 8782-9733. A modern tea house with traditional decor and booth seating with curtains that may be drawn for extra privacy. Try a variety of teas while you sample a strange selection of treats from a "tea buffet". A very cozy and relaxing place.
HONG KONG -- area code (852)
- Women Coalition of Hong Kong
- Queer Sisters
Hotline: 2314-4348 (Cantonese only), Page: 7112-8445 #1613, email. Feminist group formed in 1996 and making its presence felt serving the needs of lesbian and bisexual women now through its website.
- Women Coalition of Hong Kong
PO Box 20467, Hennessy Road Post Office, Wanchai, 8103-0701, email. A Hongkong-based non profit-making, non-governmental organization, established on 1st July 2003. They defend the human rights of sexuality minorities facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. WCHK effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, public education, oral history, cultural development, AIDS education on WSW (women having sex with women) and hosting monthly gatherings for lesbian, bisexual women and transgenders.
- Club 64
G/F 12-14 Wing Wah Lane, Central, 2523-2801. Mainly lesbian crowd.
- Home Entertainment Club
18/F Circle Plaza, 499 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay, 2891-3266, email. Lesbian Pub and Karaoke.
- U-Turn Café & Bar
3/F Cheung Hing Commercial Bld, 37-41 Cochrane St (above Dublin Jack Pub, next to the Central escalator, enter on Gage St), Central , 2851-1833, email. A fashionable, hot bar for gays and lesbians. Trendy music. A comfortable place for upscale locals to meet visitors. When it's your birthday, get a complimentary cake to share your happiness!
Open Mon-Fri from 6pm-4am and Sat and holidays from 8pm till the wee hours.
6/F Allways Centre, 468 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2904-7207, 2904-7213 . Mostly lesbian crowd. 香港銅鑼灣謝菲道468號百達中心六樓
- Loft Bar De
2/F 126-128 Lockhart Rd, Wanchai (above Hin Ho restaurant), 2866-3268.
- 1 Jordan Road
A gathering place for DGS old girls to share our joy, sorrow or experiences freely. We can help each other with support through messages and chat. Old friends can get re-acquainted. New friendship may develop. Any interested old girls can visit to register. Bisexuals and friends are welcomed, too.
- Wako Japanese Yakinku Restaurant
3/F, Jaffe Rd, Causeway Bay, email. A nice and quiet lesbian-managed restaurant.
JINAN (Shandong Province) -- area code (86-531)
Population is 5.5 million (that's over 200,000 Utopians).
The club is situated in or near Fo Shan Jie St somewhere behind the Silver Plaza. The doors are painted bright orange and it is across the street from a hot pot restaurant. Bigger than Lanco. There's KTV, a show and a disco afterwards. The drinks are cheap enough and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. It also seems to be a favorite with lesbians. Open till late.
NANJING (Jiangsu Province) -- area code (86-25)
Nanjing is just two and a half hours northwest of Shanghai by bullet train and its population is over 5 million (there are about 200,000 Utopians here). The city is clean and tidy, with major avenues graced by canopies of parasol shade trees imported from France. Lots of traditional architecture remains, including the Xuyuan Garden and Zhanyuan pleasure gardens. Even contemporary housing projects incorporate the local white wall and black tile style with geometric roof finials. Together with its large lake, winding river moat, and nearby Purple Golden Mountain park, Nanjing is harmonized with its surroundings. A former imperial capital, the city is rich in history, including the sad fate of hundreds of thousands of its citizens who died during the brutal Japanese invasion of China.
If you visit in late Feb, early Mar, don't miss Plum Blossom Hill, where thousands of pink and white plum trees bloom. During the annual Spring Festival, incorporating Chinese New Year, the Confucian Temple shopping area (Fuzi Miao) is decked out with auspicious red lanterns, large illuminated folk sculptures made from silk, and traditional folk toy vendors. Take an evening boat ride from the peer to view the charming, illuminated waterways. Most of Nanjing's gay bars are also just a short walk away.
- Red Bar (Hong Ba)
Beijing East Rd (in back of the well known Yosemite restaurant), 133-2781-1472. Red and black Chinese interior decor with red and green laser squiggles. Booths surrounding central table seating. Busy on the weekend. Weekdays you can sing karaoke. Weekend "model shows" and other activities. No English spoken, but you'll be welcome. Mostly younger gay crowd. Owned by a women, and there was even a group of lesbians there on the night we visited, but it's really more of a gay men's environment. Open daily.
- The Tequila Bar
Disco with a friendly, mixed crowd. Many Asian gays and lesbians. Open very late on the weekends.
SHANGHAI -- area code (86-21)
It is evident everywhere just how cosmopolitan Shanghai was in the past and has become once again. Tree-lined boulevards and ornately designed merchant shop fronts are testament to its former prosperity and its hopeful future.
This is a city of contrasts--sleek skyscrapers rise next to dusty shophouses hoisting laundry out their windows; McDonalds, Pizza Hut and KFC have sprouted up on every block; peddle carts ply traditional sweets on the sidewalk in front of Cartier. Shanghai startles in its manic modernism. Neon-splashed Huai Hai Rd sports trend-setting world-class department stores, mega-restaurants, cathedral-sized banks and gleaming Metro stops. People's Park, with it's showcase museums, is a good spot to view the city's spaceport skyline, straight out of The Jetsons.
Shanghai appears to be run by youth, staffed by youth, and patronized by youth. The population now exceeds 20 million (that's about 800,000 Utopians). Nearly every gay you meet in China says they want to live here. The nightlife is constantly reinventing itself, but many venues have found consistent patronage from young, professional locals and expats. Shanghai has come to rival Hong Kong as the gay center of China as the winds of freedom continue to blow.
- Women in Shanghai message forum
Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Shanghai:
390 Shanghai UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2012
390 Panyu Lu (near Fahuazhen Lu), Utopia Map, email. This LGBT bar and club from the Shanghai Studio team opened in 2012 and offers some unique options for the lesbian community in the heart of Shanghai's gay nightlife area. There is regular live music. Fri and Sat night is for clubbing with locals and foreigners dancing to house and pop jams. From 6-10pm tapas style food is served. Entry fee on Sat includes two drinks. Visit their website for details on their special events and parties.
Anting Lu and Jianguo Lu (near Hengshan Lu Metro Station), Utopia Map, email. Lesinshanghai group for lesbian/bisexual women organizes a regular get-together every 2nd Tue of the month at Cotton's from 19:30 onwards.
Eddy's Bar UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
1877 Huaihai Zhong Lu (just behind the All Days mini-mart on the corner of Tian Ping Rd), map and directions, Utopia Map, 6282-0521, 136-6183-8797, email. Shanghai's longest operating gay club. World-class design (this could be New York, Milan or Paris) with red lighting, Chinese antiques and modern art. Friendly owners, Eddy and Michael, and their charming staff will make you feel instantly at home. Especially good music mix with world flavors and not loud enough to kill conversation. Crowd tends to be more mature, upscale, and a blend of locals, expats and visitors. Lesbians and women friends of gays are also welcome. Reasonably priced, cash only (no credit cards). 徐汇区淮海中路1877号（靠近天平路） Utopia Member Discount
Shanghai Studio UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
1950 Huaihai Rd No. 4 (just over the main road from Eddy's Bar), Utopia Map, 6283-1043, email. A gay gallery/bar in a former bomb shelter! Look for the free-standing, illuminated entrance at the back of the driveway alley and be transported, like Dr. Who, into Shanghai's coolest gay underground space. Art exhibitions line the Space Mountain ramps that zig and zag, fairly crackling with bizarro fung shui, as you descend into a series of pleasure chambers that include four bars, dance floor with DJ, Net nook, and customizable party spaces. Delightfully kooky spaces. They are planning in 2012 to open a smoke-free bar room as well. Sip your cocktail watching the latest art or dance videos, or chill out with friends in relaxed privacy. This subterranean labyrinth attracts a young and trendy crowd, with a nice mix of locals, expats and visitors in-the-know. Monthly parties and special events. Open daily 9pm till late. Packed on Friday nights! "Girls Rule the Studio" women's night on the last Sat of each month.徐汇区淮海中路1950弄4号地下室（靠近兴国路） Utopia Member Discount
- Red Station
200 TaiKang Lu (near Sinan Lu), Utopia Map. Sat only is lala (lesbian) night. Most popular bar for women. Has been around for a few years. 红色加油站 - 泰康路200号，靠近思南路
- Guan Di (mixed)
It's a straight disco with a lesbian party on Sat night only. A couple of hundred (young) women party and dance in the side section.
SHENZHEN (Guangdong Province) -- area code (86-755)
Population is about 8 million (that's about 320,000 Utopians).
- Barden-Barden Disco Club
2/F No. 2033 Hong Ling Middle Rd, (opposite Shenzhen Humanity Hospital), 8241-8028, 134-2428-8788, email. 10 minutes by taxi from Shenzhen Train Station. Gay-owned disco offering a warm, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Hot dance mixes and shows nightly. Special events Fri-Sun. Karaoke 7:30pm-11pm, shows 11pm-12:30am, disco from 12:30am till late. Upscale crowd of local young professionals and visitors. Lesbians and women-friends of gay are also welcome. Free entrance. Cash only. 深圳紅岭中路2033號商場2樓(博愛医院對面) Utopia Member Discount
WUHAN (Hubei Province) -- area code (86-27)
Population is over 7 million (that's about 300,000 Utopians).
- Shaka Lounge Bar
Shou Yi Yuan, #1 Shui Che Li, across from Languifang Wuchang, 130-1800-8234. Cozy new lesbian bar in Wuchang. Call first to check the hours. 武昌， 首义园， 水车里1号
- Romantic Life
3-4 Jiangtan Park, Hankou, 8278-9041. This is a lesbian friendly gay bar on the Yangzi riverside. Go earlier on Fri and Sat for a larger crowd. 浪漫一生
XIAMEN (Fujian Province) -- area code (86-592)
The population of Xiamen is over 1.3 million (that's over 50,000 Utopians).
- Nong Qing Gan Wan Jiu Ba
G/F Da Tong Lu Xin Lu Jie (a small
intersection in downtown Xiamen), directions and map, 869-1432, 135-9951-4790. This karaoke and disco bar is
located in a blind alley, on the right side of the street. Many English songs for singing along. Lesbians are also welcome. Utopia Member Discount
- Xiamen Country Club (Xiang Chun Lie Che)
2/F Fujing Dajie Yi Jie Dian Er Rd, directions and map, 251-8029, 0593-219-1169. A small, but cozy, place with karaoke. Some
English songs are also available. Lesbians are welcome.
XIAN (Shaanxi Province) -- area code (86-29)
Near Nanxiaomen. The interior looks like a dance club, but they have singers performing nightly so it seems to be more of a bar.
L&G Bar UTOPIAN VERIFIED NOV 2012
21 East Lane 6, Heping Rd, Utopia Map, 8744-5455. On the 6th Rd of Heping Lu, a block away from Yue Gong bar. Lesbian club as of 2012.
Comments from Utopians:
"Club 21 is now a lesbian bar. The old banner is still there, but they use also a new name: L&G Bar. I went there on a Sat
night in Nov and there were no men. They have a show with real female dancers." -- Felix, Dec 22, 2012
Cloaked in the rainbow at VietPride 2013, Hanoi (photo by Jiri Pasz).