Want to know more about the sex scene in Beijing?
The capital of China is home to over 21.5 million people and is one of the most visited cities in Asia. With its ancient history stretching back over three millennia, Beijing is the cultural, economic and political heart of the country. Sometimes known as Peking, the capital is an exciting city that blends ancient tradition and Chinese culture with modern flair. It is a cosmopolitan and diverse place with plenty to see and do, including some diversions of a more adult nature.
In this guide, we take a look at the adult entertainment industry in China’s capital and bring you all the details of where and how you can get sex in Beijing.
- 1 Prostitution in Beijing
- 2 Beijing Escorts Guide
- 3 Sex in Beijing
- 3.1 Brothels & Barbershops
- 3.2 Karaoke Bars/KTVs
- 3.3 Love Hotels
- 3.4 Hostess Bars
- 3.5 Swinging Clubs
- 3.6 Erotic Massage Parlours & Saunas
- 3.7 Strip Clubs
- 3.8 Street Prostitutes & Red-Light Districts
- 3.9 Sex Shops
Prostitution in Beijing
Prostitution in China is illegal but is wide-spread throughout the country with China being the largest sex-market in the world. It is estimated that the industry generates around $73 billion each year with some reports putting the number of prostitutes around the 5 million mark. Beijing is reported to have at least 500,000 prostitutes providing personal services.
Most activities relating to prostitution are also illegal, including running a brothel, pimping, soliciting and trafficking. However, the discreet provision of personal services is largely tolerated by the police who focus much of their attention on organised prostitution.
Certainly, paying for sex is quite common in China with at least one in four men having visited a prostitute; 6% of men have done so on work-related business.
Sex workers in Beijing come from across China and other Asian countries including Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, The Philippines and Korea. There are also a good number of Eastern European women working in the capital as well as Africans.
Services range in price depending on the kind of activities you are procuring and also from which tier of sex worker you are engaging. The Chinese have a famously rigid social structure and prostitution also follows a hierarchy. A seven-tier system, escorts and courtesans are at the top, followed by hostess girls, doorbell ladies, barbershop and massage girls. Street prostitution and rural brothels are at the bottom.
Customers can expect to pay around $20 for sex in a barbershop brothel, $80 for a hand job in a massage parlour and anything from $150 upwards for an hour with an escort. Other options include KTV and hostess girls where sex is around $100, but this is on top of the evening’s entertainment, or a street hooker. Prostitutes on the streets charge varying rates for service but can be as low as $10-$20 or upwards of $50. Customers should also factor in the cost of paying for a room at a love hotel.
Some interest facts about Prostitution in Beijing:
- Street hookers are sometimes referred to as ‘chicken girls’.
- Prostitutes are ranked more trustworthy than politicians in a 2009 poll. Ranked third most likely to be trusted behind farmers and religious workers, Beijing’s hookers were valued for their discretion.
- Some Chinese prostitutes will refuse service to foreigners due to the perceived notion that Western penises are bigger than Asian penises.
- In 2010, prostitution was blamed for the city’s high cost of housing. A report indicated that around 200,000 prostitutes were using rental apartments in the city to entertain clients and that if they were driven out of Beijing, the additional accommodation would ease the property market.
Beijing Escorts Guide
Beijing’s escort scene is a diverse one and offers rich pickings for men looking to book an in call or an out-call service. The city is covered by a range of independent and agency escorts with a good selection of websites catering for most tastes.
The average price of an escort in Beijing is around $150 per hour though elite models and speciality services can cost a lot more.
There is a good range of nationalities offering service in Beijing and though many are Chinese, you can also find a lot of other Asian girls as well as directories that provide the services of African, European , North and South American as well as Australasian girls.
Sex in Beijing
The sex industry of China is developing rapidly with Beijing having one of the most diverse markets for prostitution in the country. There is a whole range of ways to get sex in the city from elite escorts who work the grandest hotels to street hookers who provide oral service in the hútòngs around Beijing. Barbershops, massage parlours, saunas, bathhouses and beauty spas are often fronts for other personal services and professional women work entertainment venues from bars and clubs to dance halls, boxing clubs, karaoke bars and hotels. Some movie houses even offer ‘companion’ services so you can enjoy some heavy petting with your films.
As a single man, the chances of not being approached for sex in Beijing are almost non-existent. Even if you never leave your hotel room, the infamous ‘ding dong’ ladies often call or visit rooms to offer ‘massage’ late at night.
Brothels & Barbershops
Brothels are not legal in Beijing and the days of licensed opium dens and whorehouses around Beijing are long gone. However, there are still plenty of places that operate like a traditional brothel with erotic massage parlours having a familiar set-up.
The local variation of a brothel is the barbershop. Actual barber shops and hair salons, these venues offer both manual and oral relief with some providing full service on site.
There are plenty of barbershops around Beijing, particularly in the red-light areas of the city (see below). Most places that offer sex use touts who approach single men on the street to tempt them inside. They are not hard to spot and are usually given away by the women who work there wearing sexy, low-cut outfits.
Prices for service in a barbershop are cheaper than massage parlours and cost as little as 100 RMB ($16) to 300 RMB ($47). However, service is quick and usually lasts 10-15 minutes.
Most barbershop brothels stay open late with many not starting business until it gets dark.
Not the most hygienic of establishments, many of the women speak no English at all and there is usually no mamasan to negotiate with.
KTVs are karaoke entertainment bars and are a uniquely Asian way to spend an evening out. There are plenty of KTVs in the city and most will not be offering any form of adult side-entertainment. However, the ‘girly’ (or ‘special’) KTVs can offer a lot more than just singing along to your favourite tracks.
Though the main bars can attract prostitutes, the girly KTV bars insist on providing you with a lady to keep you company. A little like a hostess bar, your companion will spend the evening with you to make sure you have a good time and can join you in a private karaoke room for more intimate pleasures. You will usually be given a selection of ladies to choose from and the larger KTVs can have upwards of a dozen women in a line up.
Mostly, there is nothing more than touching and kissing allowed on site, but you can find out from the management if their girls are available for a ‘takeaway’ service. It is best to do this before you are paired with a companion to avoid disappointment.
KTVs can accommodate large groups and small groups with package prices being set accordingly. They are a great alternative to a strip club for bachelor parties as well as for business events. It is common for Chinese businessmen to entertain western clients in this way.
The whole experience is far more rewarding for some and you can build up a good rapport with these girls. They will speak much better English and service tends to be a little less ‘perfunctory’.
Expect to pay between 600 RMB ($95) and 1000 RMB ($159) for full service on top of the 200 RMB ($31) to 300 RMB ($47) for companionship plus drinks and the KTV entrance fee. All in all, an expensive night out.
Some hotels have KTVs and if you pick up a companion here then it is good practice to use the hotels ‘short time’ facilities.
It is best to get to a KTV early (around 7.00pm) as the best selection of girls are usually taken after 8.00pm.
Love hotels are a common facility in Asia and are a result of the demand for short term room rental for courting couples. The overcrowding in Beijing means that singles looking to have sex can choose to do so in a love hotel rather than their shared family accommodation.
The love hotels are Beijing are not quite like those you might find in the cities of Japan but are simply guest houses and motels that rent rooms for a few hours at a time. You can opt to stay for longer durations at cheaper rates than international hotels but facilities are more basic plus there is the constant coming and going of other users.
Some love hotels are more upmarket and have a boutique feel to them, but the price goes up accordingly.
There are love hotels around the city and if you pick up a prostitute in a hostess bar, KTV or on the street, it is likely that they will have a preferred destination. You will therefore need to factor in the cost of your stay on top of the going rate for your service.
Hostess bars can be found across the city and are an Asian hospitality special. Management will arrange for one of their female employees (you get a selection) to join you for the evening. There is a price to pay for this to the bar of around 300 RMB ($47) plus you have to buy drinks for your companion. There is no sex involved in this transaction and some girls will not accompany you outside of the bar for anything extra. What you get is the undivided attention of a woman for the night and usually some touching, holding and maybe kissing. It is a non-sexual version of GFE. However, many ladies will provide additional services but check with the bar management beforehand. Rates for sexual services vary by venue but can start at around 500 RMB ($79).
As well as the official companions that you can arrange at a hostess bar, there are plenty of clubs and pubs that attract professional women for pick-ups. European prostitutes and escorts tend to head out to popular tourist hotspots if they do not have any bookings in an attempt get clients. There are usually no benefits in terms of discount when picking up an escort in these locations but it can be a more sociable evening as you get to spend valuable time for free doing some preamble over a few drinks.
The quality of escorts (and price) usually matches the quality of the venue so, in this instance, do judge a book by its cover.
Swinging is not very popular in China as it contravenes the group licentiousness laws that prohibit more than two people to engage in sexual activities. As a result, anyone who is into the swinging lifestyle must be very discreet at seeking partners. The Chinese authorities have form in clamping down on advertised clubs and parties although expats do seem to avoid much of the focus of attention.
Erotic Massage Parlours & Saunas
Erotic massage parlours are a very popular way to get a service in Beijing and normally offer at least a guaranteed happy ending. There are hundreds of them across the city but not all are foreigner friendly and only a few will offer full service. The larger sauna clubs usually have a choice of girls from which you can select. You can find the smaller parlours at the entrance to many hutongs (alleyways) and there is not much choice at these venues.
Expect to pay a ‘tip’ for your service, paid directly to your masseuse, which is on top of your standard price of massage.
We’ve select our choice of those parlours and sauna clubs where foreigners are welcome, service is reportedly good and where some English is spoken.
Blackjack Spa & Massage
Blackjack is a luxurious keen-on-privacy massage club with carefully selected masseuses offering a variety of erotic services. It is located near Sanlitun, the nightlife center of Beijing.
Some of their recommended services include: sensual oil massage, B2B massage, cosplay massage, nuru massage and a special four hands massage.
Blackjack offers both a 24 hour outcall service in the Beijing area, as well as an incall service with a receptionist who can speak fluent English to arrange a booking that suits your requirements.
Check their website for further information.
Wonderful Massage Club
Situated 200m south of the Germany Embassy in Sanlitun, the Wonderful Massage Club is a private apartment with a handful of girls providing erotic and sensual massage. Treatments are by appointment only and are geared more towards a premium experience than a standard walk-in service off the street.
The masseuses only speak a little English but the receptionist can usually translate your requirements beforehand.
Wonderful Massage are open daily from 10.00am to 3.00am.
Vici Beauty & Massage Centre
1803 Sun Thirsty Apartment, southeast corner of World Trade Bridge, Chaoyang District
A discreet and mainstream seeming spa and beauty salon, the girls here perform a range of massages. Choose from silk stocking, tantra, prostate, traditional or full body massage.
The Vici Massage Centre is open 24-hours a day and most of the masseuses speak reasonable English.
Situated in the heart of Sanlitun, the Hidden Dragon Massage Club is a prime spot for western tourists.
Specialising in nuru massage, there are several variations of service available including cosplay, silk stockings and BDSM (or ‘Queen Set-Up’).
They also provide out call services.
Sanyuan Bridge, Ocean Shinkansen, Chaoyang District
Sophie’s Place is a popular massage parlour for westerners and offers a classy and sensual massage with a good level of service. They do not provide full service so do not ask.
The receptionist can speak to your taxi driver to give them directions (13011218381) but they are conveniently located for the Airport Expressway.
Sophie’s is open daily from 11.00am to 2.00am and have a good range of ladies to choose from.
Yi Jian Tang Spa
West second gate of Beijing Jidianyuan, Sanlitun South Road
Formerly known as the Fuqiao Foot Massage, this small shop in Sanlitun is a good budget option. Decorated in the traditional Jiangnan Style, the rooms are well-appointed and include showering facilities as well as comfortable treatment beds.
A basic massage costs 300 RMB ($47).
If you have difficulty finding the salon then reception (010-571939996/5072501) will gladly speak to your taxi driver or arrange to collect you.
Lama Temple Mermaid
Started in 2015 by a group of Chinese escorts, the Lama Temple Mermaid massage parlour is foreigner friendly. The venue is modern and well appointed but the girls also provide out call services.
There are only a half dozen or so girls working at Lama Temple Mermaid but all are Chinese, in their 20s and speak basic English.
Strip clubs are illegal in China and though some small venues do provide illegal topless shows, these are swiftly shut down by the police and can be very difficult for foreigners to find.
There are some burlesque shows in the city which can offer an erotic performance but don’t expect to find nudity on show.
Moonglow Burlesque perform at different venues around Beijing and also run workshops and dance sessons.
The elite Russian nightclub, Chocolate, also has some burlesque performances. You can find this club at 19 Ritan Bei Lu in the Russian quarter of the CBD.
Street Prostitutes & Red-Light Districts
Street prostitution in China is illegal but there is plenty of it to be seen in Bejing particularly in those areas that are known to be red-light districts. Though there are no ‘official’ prostitution zones to the city, there are plenty of areas where you can find street hookers and adult entertainment venues like barbershops and erotic massage parlours.
Single men are a natural target in these areas and touts will approach you directly, usually offering you a none too subtle invitation for a ‘fuck’ or, sometimes, just a ‘massage’. Some independent street prostitutes provide manual and oral service in back alleys but most will take you to a nearby love hotel for full service. Hookers are easy enough to spot and, unlike some Asian cities where they try to be more discreet, usually wear the stereotype uniform of super high-heels and incredibly short skirts.
Hot spots in the city include:
- Wang Fu Jing retail areas
- Sanlitun North Street
- Outside the Sheraton Great Wall Hotel (more pimps than girls)
Most of the city’s adult entertainment can be found in the Chaoyang District and around Sanlitun. Historically, Dashilan has also had an association as a red light area.
Beijing has a lot of sex stores, ranging from those that sell novelty adult goods to general sexual health stores, lingerie and costumes shops to traditional sex shops. It was the first city in China that had a sex store with the opening of Adam & Eve in 1993. Certainly, as the nation is responsible for producing almost 70% of the world’s sex toys, it seems only right they get to play with them too.
The majority of sex shops in Beijing are well used to foreigners shopping for novelty items as well as sexual aids.
You can find adult stores around the red-light areas and often nestled alongside other retail stores, restaurants and malls. Some pharmacies also sell adult products particularly herbal sexual performance aids.
X Juse: All Dolled Up
174 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District
Specialising in blow up and silicone sex dolls X Juse is not a discreet store and is situated within a main retail area. As well as sex dolls, you can also buy a good range of other bedroom accessories.
The owner speaks pretty good English and is reportedly very welcoming.
Shop 1, 1 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District
Most of the products in this adult store in Beijing are from Japan and are either high-tech toys or novelty products you won’t find outside of Asia. It’s worth a visit just to try and fathom out what some of these accessories are for; certainly looking at the Japanese packaging won’t help and you may well be left scratching your head.
They also sell love dolls and other bedroom accessories.
Sweet Toys is open daily from 11.00am to 4.00am
Best of the Rest
- Sex Shop, Baiziwan Dongli 202 -9, Chaoyang
- Boutique De L’Amour, 6 Hongjie Building, Gongti Dong Lu, Sanlitun
- Sex Shop, 41 Sanlitun South Sanlitun Road. Chaoyang
- The Sex Store, 23 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
- Yi Xing Yuan, Yaojiayuan Lu, 100m east of Chaoyang Gymnasium
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