If you live in China and have a group of local friends, you might be familiar with the karaoke gatherings they hold once in a while. The entertainment of karaoke, in which amateur singers can sing along with recorded music videos, has been prevalent among young and old Chinese ever since it was imported from Japan
. Some regard it as a good way to let off steam, while others think of it as a stage to show off their voice. If you want to entertain like the Chinese do, here are some best KTVs, or karaoke boxes, you can find in Beijing
Founded in 1996, the Windsor KTV is now one of the biggest KTV brand in China, with branches established in eight major Chinese cities. It provides convenience stores inside the KTVs, so that customers don’t need to worry about possible over-charging for the drinks and food provided by the KTV. What’s more, their system usually puts up newly released Chinese songs promptly, and has a wide range of classic songs in English, Japanese, and Korean.
B1, SK Building, Central World Trade Center, Jia-6 Jianwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +8610 88587777
Nightclub, Pub Grub
If the Windsor KTV is the KTV of the CBDers, then Chun K belongs to the party kings and queens at the Workers’ Stadium and Sanlitun neighborhood. This KTV is said to have quite a comprehensive stock of Japanese songs. Besides, its karaoke system can let the singers adjust keys up and down in a range of four octaves, which is unimaginable in other KTVs.
6 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +8610 52279777
Cashbox, or Qiangui in Mandarin, is a high-end KTV brand from Taiwan. It used to be pricey to sing karaoke there, but the prices have been brought down in recent years due to fierce competition. Cashbox’s karaoke system has a grading function, so that you can even hold an amateur singing competition here. Another advantage of Cashbox is that they don’t make a fuss about bringing food in from the outside.
4 Huixin Dongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +8610 59639666
Changba Maisong KTV
If you like to sing karaoke at home, you might be no stranger to the Changba app, which allows you to sing karaoke on your smartphone. The Changba Maisong KTV combines its brick-and-mortar business with the app, so that customers may reserve the karaoke boxes, order songs, and adjust volumes and keys using their phones. The KTV also carefully fixes up karaoke boxes of different themes, such as Super Mario and One Piece.
3/F, Yindi Hotel, 343 Dongsi Beidajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +8610 64018381
The Milo Star KTV in Chongwenmen is part of the teenage memory of the local Beijingers who have been singing karaoke here since middle school. Though it has a decent karaoke system like the average KTVs, many customers seem to come here for its delicious snacks. Their service is spoken highly of as well.
Zhengren Building, 9 Chongwenmen Waidajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +8610 67088899
Shangke Upper KTV
The luxury Hollywood blockbuster themed KTV in U-Town Center is more suitable for big gatherings of more than six people than for small gangs, because the spacious karaoke boxes and the food and drinks are quite expensive. There’s even a billiards table and ensuite bathroom in the large karaoke box, so you can imagine how spacious the box might be. What’s more, every box is equipped with an attendant to order songs for you, though some customers who are used to the ordinary self-service KTVs don’t find it quite necessary.
3/F, U-Town Center, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +8610 88706866
While there are KTVs of different types and ranks in China, it’s an open secret that nearly all of them provide discount coupons that can be purchased on Chinese websites. If you would like to experience the karaoke fun in Beijing but don’t know any Mandarin, you may ask your Chinese friends to buy the coupons for you, or ring the KTVs to check if they can provide the discounts on site.