Changchun Nightlife

Nightlife in Changchun is not as colorful and romantic as that of other big cities in China, such as Shanghai or Beijing. However, it has its own distinctive flavor which can be appreciated only if you sample it personally. Various kinds of pubs, coffee bars, teahouses and other amusement centers cater for your enjoyment.

If you come to visit Changchun, you can not only enjoy beautiful sceneries, but also the various kinds of amusement are waiting for you. Local features and exotic flavors mix together in Changchun so you are sure to find at least one to suit you.

In Heping Theatre (No.295, Chongqing Lu) and Liu Laogen Stage (No.8, Shanghai Lu) you can appreciate really authentic Er'ren Zhuan, a very popular and famous local folk art, by professional performers. In the downtown area or the spacious grounds of some plazas or in front of some of the department stores you can observe citizens giving spontaneous performances of Yangge (a traditional folk art). If you like, you can accept a warm welcome to join the group of hospitable Dongbei Ren whether you can dance with them or not. This is a way that you can get a totally different and fresh experience compared with merely watching performance in theatres.

Recommended places for you to visit:

Rhine Coffee Tea House
Address: No.9, Qingming Jie

Rbt (Xi'an Zong Lin)
Address: No.67, Tongzhi Jie

Be For Time Tea House (Bifeng Tang Tea House)
Address: No.85, Nanjing Dajie

May Flower Pub
Address: Renmin Dajie

The Fifth Street Coffee Pub
Address: Xikang Bystree, Tongzhi Jie

Lan Kwai Fong (Lan Gui Fang)
Address: No.4272, Zhengyang Street

A special introduction of Er'ren Zhuan

'Bengbeng' is another name for Er'ren Zhuan. It is the most popular form of folklore in this northeastern part of China and is deeply loved by almost all the people there. Er'ren Zhuan mixes dancing and singing together and its language is humorous and very easy to understand. Generally speaking its content is closely related to daily life. That's one of reasons for its popularity.

In the very early period, Er'ren Zhuan was performed by artists (who performed Yangge in daytime) at night by singing Dongbei folk songs. As time went by, immigrations of Guanli (south part of Shanhaiguan) increased considerably, therefore the integration of different cultures has richly endowed Er'ren Zhuan.

Er'ren Zhuan's sung form takes the Dongbei folk songs as its base together with Hebei Bangzi, Dongbei Dagu and other melodies and many folk jests. Er'ren Zhuan's dance comes from Dongbei Yangge, and includes folk dances, wushu and the skillful use of fans and handkerchiefs. It is no exaggeration to say that Er'ren Zhuan can best present you with a show of the real beauty of Dongbei Ren (people living in northeast part of China).

The performance of Er'ren Zhuan falls into three categories. For the first of these a man and a woman will speak, sing and dance together, hence the name Er'ren Zhuan. The second category is when a single performer sings and dances, this is named Danchutou. Thirdly, a group of people perform on stage and this is called Lachangxi. A common saying throughout Dongbei is that one would enjoy Er'ren Zhuan rather than have a dinner, something that illustrates the deep influence of Er'ren Zhuan among these people.

- Last updated on Aug. 30, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Changchun Nightlife
Asked by JP | Jul. 09, 2018 12:26Reply
I am staying at the HNA Grand Hotel Redbuds Changchun.
I have been trying to find a massage parlour online that is close to here, but no luck. Can anyone advise me where I can find one please? Thank you.
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Answered by Jim | Jul. 09, 2018 19:36

Jixiang Shengshi CEO Health Club is located at No. 1265 Cheung ching street and Ming tak road, Chaoyang district.
Asked by steyn from NAN FEI | Feb. 06, 2016 14:37Reply
What is the availability of western food in Changchun?
I mean simple straightforward vegetables and meat which are recognizable after being cooked.
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Answered by Jane from USA | Feb. 14, 2016 00:01

Yes, there are many western food restaurants in this city. Among them, Krazy Spoon Restaurant and King Ranch Big Pizza win high popularity among local people and tourists. Both of them have nice western dishes. You can go and see.
Krazy Spoon Restaurant: 1st Floor, Wanda Plaza, No.616, Hongqi Street, Chaoyang District
King Ranch Big Pizza: Guilin Road, Chaoyang District
Asked by Hans from GERMANY | Mar. 22, 2014 07:36Reply
Where I can dance tango in Changchun?
Is there any Milonga in that city?
I didnt find any Location in the web.
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Answered by Dick | Mar. 23, 2014 03:30

I only know where to learn Tango, but not very clear where to dance it. Is that be OK?
Answered by Andrew from CHINA | Oct. 19, 2014 18:30

Are you still in Chanchun. I'm in Siping, going on the weekend sometimes to CC and would like dance tango very much. Maybe even worth starting something at one of the parks.

Also, if you have any info, or have found tango in the mean time, please let me know.
Answered by Allison from USA | Oct. 20, 2014 21:41

Did you ever find a Milonga in the city? I would really love a dance partner *
Asked by Catherine from RUSSIA | Jul. 31, 2013 02:13Reply
Where can I dance salsa in Changchun?
Hey guys! I'm going to your nice city and I wonder where peope dance latin-american dances? Can anyone suggest and recommend a good place with latin music, or a dance school or a latin bar? Or should I go to another city to dance?
P.S. I would greatly appreciate any info. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Answered by Celia from USA | Jul. 31, 2013 04:13

I know a Latin dance school in the city, Shenmei Latin Dance School. You can consult more at Room no. 2719, Shiji Hongyuan Plaza at the junction between Xi'an Road and Tongzhi Street.
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