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Unleash Your Inner Diva In These Beijing Karaoke Booths

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Updated: 16 June 2017
Karaoke or KTV as it is called in China, is a classic experience to be had whilst in the country. In the past, fuelled with alcohol and team spirit, even the shyest singers could loosen up in the dark karaoke rooms. Now karaoke booths are redefining this idea and letting visitors enjoy a song or two in daylight in a one-man karaoke booth.

In Beijing, karaoke booths, provided by a company called Mbar, can be found in shopping malls around the city. The whole system is entirely Wechat-operated. You access the machine by scanning it with your phone and then select from thousands of Chinese songs or a slightly more limited selection of English songs. When the song is picked, all that is left to do is put on the headphones, pick up the mic and just let the inner pop-star out.

Not only will a karaoke booth bring a brighter note to your day, but your recording will be available to be sent to your Wechat account and then can be shared with your friends.

A KTV mini-performance does not have to be an affair for one – each booth is equipped with two high stools so you can bring a friend for the perfect duet.

For the more tech-savvy booking is available via Wechat. The account name is youchangMbar and a discount is available for those who reserve their daytime singing in advance. 2o RMB will get you 15 minutes of stardom in the cubicle and a great mood for the rest of the day.