Although Xuzhou is an ancient city, the local people still enjoy a modern nightlife. They go to bars, amusement centers, cinemas, or various gymnasiums for relaxation and recreation. Hubu Hill in the center of the city is where most of the bars are located. Walking along the pedestrian street near the hill, you can find bars built in different architectural styles and filled with diverse music from China as well as western countries. The best known are the Cool Show Bar, the Virgin Bar, the E Bar, and the Storm Intense Emotion Bar.
Surrounded by green trees, Gupeng Square is also an enjoyable place to spend your evening. Beautiful winding paths lead you to a music fountain that is very popular with the local people. The endless variations in the music modulate the shape of the water in the fountain while the multicolored lights make the shimmering water even more beautiful. Sometimes, you may be lucky enough to witness performances such as local operas and dances as well as shows of traditional folk handicrafts. Additionally, in the Gupeng Underground Amusement City under the square, you can take a comfortable bath, enjoy a massage, or have a taste of traditional Chinese food.
Recently, Xuzhou has begun holding some special festivals to enrich the city's nightlife. The Pengcheng Beer Festival held in August each year attracts thousands of people. During the nightly revelry, people sing, dance, and drink beer together. Excellent performances are often rewarded with bursts of applause and cheering. Another festival that was just started in 2006 is the Bar Culture Festival. Running from March 18 to April 18, its focus is to promote wine appreciation and to showcase the revival of the local people's recreational life. The excellent performances, and interesting interactive games, together with the exciting audiences, make the party extremely breath-taking and impressive.
If you like a more peaceful environment and are interested in Chinese tea culture, you can go to the tea houses located throughout the city.
Addresses of some Tea Houses
Qingxinju Tea House: East gate of Pengyuan Garden, South Jiefang Road, Quanshan District
Mingxiangyuan Tea House: No.253, West Huaihai Road, Quanshan District
Yaxinyuan Tea House: No.1-No.35, Antique City, South Pengcheng Road, Yunlong District
Addresses of other Recreation Venues
Top One Club: North of the Baida Supermarket, Jiefang Road
Zhongshantang Amusement City: No.68, East Huaihai Road
Bailemen Amusement City: No.49, East Huanghe Road
Athena Karaoke Bar: No.155, East Huaihai Road
Ximatai Bowling Corporation: No.108, Jiefang Road