Thursday, May 22, 2014

Karaoke in Beijing, K-TV

K-TV is a nickname for karaoke. A while back I got my first experience at Asian karaoke thanks to a friend. I've always heard Japan is big into their karaoke but I didn't know what to expect in Beijing.  Asia knows how to do karaoke right. Let me tell you, I walked into this K-TV joint and I thought I was at a 5 star hotel.  There were halls and halls of rooms like this one.  It was beautiful and amazing. There was a life-size horse sculpture in the foyer, and a small 20 seat movie theater right off the foyer.  

So this was what our room looked like. Two TVs for the lyrics including the music videos, microphones, a stage including a disco ball.  They had a full menu of food and drinks.  The rooms ranged from our small room for a group of four all the way up to a large group.  We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was funny to see groups of 20s-30s Chinese folks belting out the music in large rooms, drinking. 
Disco ball over the stage

Chinese song a friend sang. I can read 1 character!

I think the funniest part though was the bathrooms. We went with the family, so I took my kiddo into the bathroom and this was one of the first things I saw.  I'm thinking, "Playboy bunny, trashcan, OK this is a bit confusing.

Then I see this right next to the sign. I kid you not, this was a throw up sink.  I was flabbergasted. Can you see the little cups afterwards to clean your mouth?  Only losers throw up in the karaoke room, cool kids go to the bathroom and use the special sink. I guess the family joint can turn into quite the party central. OMG, has anyone seen something like this in the US???


  1. Hi Shanna,

    Not sure if you got my last message. It didn't look like it sent. I have really enjoyed reading your posts on your new life in Beijing. Do you have an email I can contact you on about it?

    Thanks :-)

  2. Hi Priscilla, thank you so much for the nice compliment. I don't hand out my email for privacy reasons but would be happy to email you if you provide yours.