Langma Hall: Tibetan Night Club
    2009-03-03 20:48:08      Web Editor: Liu Donghui

The live performance in a local Langma Hall of Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Monday, March 2, 2009. [Photo: Xu Liuliu]

Lhasa has long been known worldwide as the "sunlight city." But it's the night life in Lhasa that's really colorful and interesting. Late in the evening or at 10 pm, when inland cities are already covered by the curtain of night, the rays of sun have just begun to fade from this city. Groups of Tibetan guests are arriving at the entertainment spot, Langma Hall.

There they greet each other with white silk scarves or Hada, in Tibetan greeting fashion, then order vast numbers of Budweiser beer. Then the live music and performance starts.

Part beer hall, part folk concert hall, and part disco, the Langma Hall is a cultural and recreational establishment with Tibetan characteristics. In Tibetan language "Langma" means "royal-court music," which was only available to the noblemen of the past. Today it is now a part of daily recreation for ordinary people.

When night falls, many Lhasa citizens gather at the Langma Hall to enjoy traditional ethnic song and dance over beers. Tibetan folk dances, including Guozhuang Dance or men and women making steps in a circle, draw the biggest attendance on the dance-floor. Otherwise, the men tend to hang back and drink their beer, while women do Western-style ballroom dances or disco steps.

Entry is free, and the margins on the canned beer low. Even when drunk in small glasses, as they usually do, a great number of empty cans are left on tables as the night finishes.

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