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Flash mob: Gangnam Style at Guangzhou’s Garden Hotel

Posted: 10/22/2012 8:45 am

Gangnam Style has taken the world by storm.  K-pop singer Psy, who’s behind the horse-riding dance, has traveled across the United States teaching the dance to Ellen deGeneres, Britney Spears and others, and even performed it live on the Today show.

As of right now, Gangnam Style remains No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Guests in the lobby of the Garden Hotel were minding their own business on Wednesday when a group of people started a flash mob to perform Gangnam Style.  The video below is only available on Youtube at the moment, so you’ll need a VPN to watch.


The latest in Guangzhou’s Bar Wars: The Brew strikes back with new 3rd location

Posted: 08/22/2012 4:18 pm

Rob, from The Brew, celebrating Canada Day

What is up with Guangzhou’s pub scene these days?

We told you already that the Paddy Field, one of the Guangzhou originals, has opened its second location in Tianhe, near where The Brew and The Tavern are already set up.  So what does The Brew do?  Open up very close to the original Paddy Field on Jianshe Liu Ma Lu.

No, these aren’t done to spite each other (I don’t think), but it does give pub-goers a wide range of places to tilt a pint or two.

Rob, one of the Canuck owners of The Brew, told The Nanfang that he’s been looking for a third location for a while.  The guys have even considered opening in Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Foshan, but finally found an ideal spot near the Garden Hotel.  The new Brew will most resemble the Panyu version, with mostly indoor seating and a stage for live performances.

While it seems pubs in Guangzhou are spreading faster than SARS ever did, Rob says it’s all a result of Guangzhou’s maturing nightlife. “Can you believe we have four Irish pubs in this city??  Everyone wants to own a pub eh.  At this point, I don’t mind it,” he said.  ”I mean, it’d be great if I owned the only pub in the city, but I think the number of pubs is an indicator of how Guangzhou is expanding and becoming more cosmopolitan.  We’re confident that we can still be popular in our niche as a friendly neighbourhood sports bar.”

For those wondering, the new venue won’t feature The Brew’s famous taps.  It is set to open sometime in mid-September.

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Nanfang TV: Guangzhou holds private party for billionaires seeking wives

Posted: 05/24/2012 7:00 am

For many people in China, the naked pursuit of money and power is nothing to be ashamed of.  After all, practicality and money trumps outdated concepts like love and courtship, right?

That is definitely the case for 28,000 women who painstakingly filled out application forms in an attempt to bag one of 11 billionaires who are seeking wives.  A private party was held at the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou last Sunday (May 20) featuring 320 of the finalists – those whose applications were deemed sufficient for closer inspection.  The billionaires themselves weren’t apparently in attendance; rather, their minions had the task of sorting the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.

Free More News reports the average age of the women applying was 28, with the youngest being only 19:

Among all the applicants, a lot of them have received higher educations. Some have studies abroad and hold master’s degrees. One of the billionaire claimed to have over ten billions yuan of assets. He said he was under 50, divorced, and looking for a beautiful woman who must be a virgin around 20 to 26 years old.

We present the long-song filled footage from the private party in today’s Nanfang TV.

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