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Travel & Resources: CHENGDU

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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


  • 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

        Cheung Chau Wan St, Causeway Bay No. 339, Cheung Fong Bld
        +86 28-8333-1811

        Located under street level, so look for escalators going down. A large gay club in the 339 entertainment area around the television tower. Offering singers, rappers, gogo dancers and a 'bouncing' dance floor. Has private seating areas, so it can be daunting to visit alone (try to find friends to go with you).
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    • Beatles Bar

    • Best Life

        3-11 Taipingnanxin Rd, Jiuyanqiao, Wuhou Dist
        +86 181-0818 -8719

        A gay bar with occasional drag shows, gogo dancers and events. Good music and nice, friendly staff. Busiest on weekends. Bachelor Party every Wed.
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    • Liusi/6 Colour

    • MAGMA

    • Max Club UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2018
        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)

        Max Club (formerly 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 next door. Good fun in YY.
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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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    • Nine-Tailed Fox
        Peigen Corridor, 6 Taipingnanxin Rd, Jiuyanqiao, Wuhou Dist

        A large gay club located close to Hunk bar. Not so easy to find. Follow the signs for WOW pub and go up to the higher floor and carry on walking past their entrance. It has shows and a great vibe. Has private seating areas, so it can be daunting to visit alone (try to find friends to go with you).
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    • YueLianHua Bar



    • G-house Spa for Men Only

        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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        Comments from Utopians:

        "G-house Spa doesn't reply to email. Anyone know if they are still in business?" -- Apr 30, 2024

Meeting Places

Chengdu (c) 2009 by John Goss

Saunas and Fitness

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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