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Starting from January 8, 2023, China will gradually open up, and traveling to China will become more and more convenient. When we travel to a new place, we all want to have a taste on the local nightlife. What is the Chinese nightlife like? Today let’s talk about the nightlife in China.
In fact, in ancient China, people had almost no nightlife. Because in ancient times, people had no electric lights and could only light candles, but the ancient candles were very dark and not bright at all, so people could only rest and sleep at night. Because in ancient China, most people were farmers, and people also needed to go to bed early and get up early to work in the farmland the next day. In addition, there was a curfew in ancient China. Curfew means that people were forbidden to go out at night, which means that they could not go out at night. In the late Tang Dynasty, the curfew was not so strict, and the Chinese people began to have nightlife. In the Song Dynasty, the curfew was not strict at all, and some cities and small towns had some night markets, which means markets open at nights.
Since then, Chinese nightlife has become more and more exciting. Because Chinese people like food so much, for many people, second dinner is very important. 夜宵, is also called 宵夜 in some places, means the meal after dinner. In China, many restaurants stay open until midnight, because there are many people who come for second dinner. So what do people eat for second dinner? Every place is different, and people have many choices. For example, in the Northeast, barbecue is very popular, and people go out to eat barbecue food at night. In Sichuan and Chongqing, people also eat hot pot for second dinner. In some places, people also eat noodles, rice, seafood, etc. In short, there is nothing you can't think of.
Where do people usually go for second dinner? People can go to restaurants, and many people like to go to night markets. Now, the night market in Chinese is mainly a place for eating. Almost every city or small town has a night market. There are many food stalls in the night market with a variety of food. Food from food stalls is often cheaper than food from restaurants. Therefore, in China night markets are very popular and very lively every night. If you go to a night market at night, you will see a lot of people in groups, with their friends or family, eating happily.
In addition to going to night markets for second dinner, many young people now also like to go to bars to drink and dance. In recent years, some cities in China have opened 24-hour bookstores, so some people like to go to bookstores to read books at night, because there are fewer people in bookstores at night and it is quieter. People also like to do sports at night. If you pass by some free basketball courts, you will definitely see many children or young people playing basketball. At this time, you can sit down and watch a basketball game. If you go to the park at night, you are likely to see many middle-aged and elderly people doing sports, and their favorite sport should be square dancing. They would play some music and then everyone would dance to it, which was a lot of fun.
What is your nightlife like? Feel free to share with us!