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Top Choice Live Music in Kowloon

Hidden Agenda

Hong Kong's best-known music dive has the setting (former warehouse), line-up (solid indie acts) and elusiveness (it's out of the way) all other dives wish they had. Located in the gritty industrial hub of Kwun Tong…
Top Choice Casino in Cotai

Venetian

Said to be one of the 10 largest buildings in the world, the Venetian is 980,000 sq metres of what might be described as Casino Gothic architecture, packed to the gills with busloads of goggle-eyed tourists. Feature…
Top Choice Live Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

DDC

One of the capital's current favourite spots to catch Chinese indie, punk and metal bands, DDC is an intimate space located down a nondescript hútòng. Its courtyard bar is also a good place for a drink, with a wide …
Top Choice Sìchuān Opera in Chéngdū

Shǔfēng Yǎyùn Teahouse

This famous century-old theatre and teahouse puts on excellent 1½-hour shows that include music, puppetry and Sìchuān opera's famed fire breathing and face changing. Come at around 7.15pm to watch performers putting…
Top Choice Live Music in Kowloon

Canton Singing House

The oldest and most atmospheric of the singalong parlours, Canton resembles a film set with its mirror balls and glowing shrines. Each session features 20 singers, all with fan following. Patrons tip a minimum of HK…
Top Choice Live Music in West Shànghǎi

Yùyīntáng

Small enough to feel intimate, but big enough for a sometimes pulsating atmosphere, Yùyīntáng has long been one of the top places in the city to see live music. Any Shànghǎi rock band worth its amps plays here, but …
Top Choice Live Music in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Hot Cat Club

Hot Cat Club is one of the city's most popular venues with its sticky-carpet pub feel and nightly roster of local and foreign guitar-slinging bands playing everything from rock 'n' roll to electronica. Gigs are usua…
Top Choice Acrobatics in Jìng’ān

Shànghǎi Centre Theatre

The Shànghǎi Acrobatics Troupe has popular performances here at 7.30pm most nights. It’s a short but fun show and is high on the to-do list of most first-time visitors. Buy tickets a couple of days in advance from t…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

School Bar

Another reason why hip Wudaoying Hutong is too cool for school, this divey band venue is the best spot to tap into the capital's underground scene. Run by a couple of veteran Běijīng punks, it hosts quality gigs fro…
Top Choice Classical Music in The Bund & People's Square

Shànghǎi Grand Theatre

Shànghǎi’s state-of-the-art concert venue hosts everything from Broadway musicals to symphonies, ballets, operas, and performances by internationally acclaimed classical soloists. There are also traditional Chinese-…