Disco, Theatre & Nightlife in Shanghai

Shanghai Nightlife Guide

Shanghai is the place to disco, with so much to party on it can be overwhelming to choose on the event of the night. The city is big on clubbing, live music, comedy, bars, festivals as well as ladie’s nights. When you look at the huge array of nightlife events, it doesn’t seem like the China you know at all. And to much of our surprise, these parties are not just foreign packed but the crowds of Chinese locals that appriciate a western style of having fun is abundant. In fact, many of these places are great for meeting out with an alternative crowd of Chinese that have a global mindset and perhaps a little more cash in their wallets. If that’s the kind of friends you would like to make, it’s relatively easy in the magnificent city of Shanghai.

Besides discosmic adventures and what not, another variety of night activites to discover are theatre performances introduced by the Shanghai Nightlife Guide by Show Shanghai.

However Shanghai seems to be rather concentrated on acrobatic shows and in fact, it used to boast with a whopping five active theaters with daily shows. Now that there are not so many Japanese tourists and a slight decline in western tourism, some of the theaters have dropped out of the game. Now the most active and present are the Shanghai Center Theater, Huxi Grand Theater as well as the popular Shanghai Circus World performance. All are great and worthwhile venues and if you have never seen Chinese acrobatics, they are a must introduction to the traditional sense of nightlife extravagance.

When going dancing and clubbing, it’s better to choose with more care. Some of the venues are ridiculously expensive and in our opinion the best are certainly not the most costly. Being posh is a common day occurrence in the city which unlike in the western world has little sense and ability to town down. Thus some of these places are package with closed circles, restricting access with a sense of useless pride to maintain appearances. Just in between the riches and the rags, lies a new Chinese party crowd that has grown it’s awareness to love, peace and unity. Something that grew and is often lost in the west is blooming again in specific night clubs and events in the city. Ask Show Shanghai for more information!

If you are wondering what ladie’s nights are and why they are so popular, it is because of the abundance of Chinese women looking for western men. Offering free entrance, and even a drink or two to women who come to party is not just about attracting more female customers, in which return attract more male customers to come and spend their money. It’s also true that there are a lot of women in Shanghai who come from the countryside, far away cities or just don’t have money to spend on high end night clubs and bars. This is an opportunity for them to connect with westerns and Chinese men who can afford the kind of lifestyle they are looking for. If you are OK with paying everything which is totally normal in China, this is a very good way of hooking up with Chinese women. Or if you are a woman, you can meet both Chinese and western men that live in China and probably carry that mentality of wanting to take care of their women financially. In these parties the melting of Chinese and western customs, both in terms of mating and culture, is at boiling point with great music and vibes. In fact, even if you are not looking for a partner or one night stand, it’s something definitely worth checking out just as the acrobatics.

Our recommendation is to take two nights. One absorbed in theatre and food.. and the other in bars, clubbing and drinks. Which one is your pick? let me know by giving a shout in the comments.

Disco on!
Mark Asa

Chinese Art of Relaxation and Party Cures

Beautiful City of Xi'an

The Chinese are famous for a lot of things and one of them is perhaps acupuncture as well as massage itself. These two are closely related because they are all part of a huge school of thought known as “Traditional Chinese Medicine”. Which is not just eating dry lizards and other herbal medicine, it contains a whole philosophy and practice, both physical and mental. Having plenty of experience of so called oriental hangover cures, I can say that going deeper into the Chinese philosophy is what has really opened up such practices. It is something wholistic in nature and simply pointing the acupuncture needle at point point is just not going to do it. Especially in the western world, there is a lot of commercial value in massage. That is why it’s even beneficial for the patient to have less effect so that they will keep on coming again and again. It’s true that Chinese massage is better taken constantly over a longer period of time, but for real long lasting effects one needs to understand the big picture.

And what better way to grasp the true meaning of these ancient Chinese traditions is to go to the ancient capital of Xi’an. You might first think of going to Shanghai or Beijing which are also very good travel destinations. But there is just something very unique about this old city, which has ruled China for many dynasties. It seems as if you have massage parlors on every street in Xi’an up to the point that it’s quite difficult to choose a place to go to. However, I can guarantee that you will have a better opportunity of finding a true master of massage from the beautiful city.

Of course, adventure is the disco style that is perhaps one that fits us the best. Just going from place to place and trying them out. They are not very expensive, so one per day is perfectly reasonable to an equally reasonable travel budget. Especially after all the partying, it’s the best hangover cure that exists. However, having some advice is an equally good idea and I would very much recommended the guide: “Massage in Xian” which will show you a place to have a good quality experience. You can find anything from whole body massage, acupuncture, foot spa, herbal foot spa and even cupping. While cupping is probably one of the most effective there is, I would recommend starting with regular massages.

If you are being asked to undress you are most surely in a place for girls. Which is again something totally else. Something that if you do choose to engage in, will be risky and not recommended. Instead have a real massage and with the cured hangover you will be again fit and ready to try look for real women on the streets of Xi’an. It’s not an easy sport but a good massage will definitely give you an advantage. It simply always gets you into a good mood. But I know that some might have odd effects from it too. That’s just because the muscle locks in your body start to open up, and feeling free and good in your body might be new to you. It’s a way to throw away stress and anxiety, something that we gather over the course of years. Our bodies become formed by this ill practice of work and and stressful life.

When you start to understand the true power of massage, you get addicted for life. But if you are in Xi’an or any other Chinese city, it’s not just good for your health but your wallet will stay happy too. Do you have experience of traditional massage in the mystical land of China? Let’s hear some comments friends!

Friendly Regards,
Mark Asa / Bar Mitzvah Disco

Amazon for All – Even in Japan!


While from my previously explained experience, I wouldn’t exactly say that Amazon is for everyone. But anyone who does want to get to know it’s hidden shopping secrets of too much stuff. Well, that is something I can recommend to anyone who has too much money. If you are poor, most likely you are better off dancing that sweat off at the disco hall instead of worrying about money. Either way, I got a few emails from a few good friends of mine saying that what I had discovered was absolutely brilliant. I thought that maybe there could be something for not just those who want to show in the German Amazon but to others as well.

Now if something is funky in my opinion that is Japan and Japanese goods of course. Then I found out that Japan also has it’s own Amazon store. Oh my god, I just hope that I don’t have to do any more experiences. And that my friends will do them for me and them report back in the comment section. At least that was the deal I made a few days a go with a very, very good friend of mine. So what happens, is that you check out this nifty little guide on how to do your shopping at Amazon Japan in English and start looking for all those manga, plastic sushi, weird what ever objects that you have always wanted.

While I thought that Amazon.de was going to be the best experience of my life. Well, almost. I have a feeling that the thought of getting anything you wanted from Amazon.co.jp could be a similarly mind blowing experience. Which is what everything thinks including myself. But the reality, that’s what interesting and I want to know your version of the story. Please!

For the person with the best story to share, I will give a gift of a free disco ball. Now how does that sound like? So get to it and start shopping at the Japanese Amazon store right now, or as soon as possible.

It’s sayonara for now!

Mark Asa / Bar Mitzvah Disco

Mark Asa Doctor is Happy but not That Happy

Box of Carrots

So quite a few days have passed, perhaps weeks I am not sure. And the products arrived to my door. I was happy for a moment. I needed more, it was not enough. Had Amazon failed me, or had I failed myself. Probably both. All I know is that this was a lesson well learned. One that most probably I will have to learn all over again in the future. I imagined showing a picture in this post, with me smiling surrounded by a lot of stuff. Happiness, where are you. Don’t leave me alone. But ultimately it didn’t. Just the kind of happiness I got from the German Amazon shopping experiences was different than I could anticipate.

You see, finding something that I was not happy about.. which was the empty feeling after opening all those shipped packages, was a simple blessing. I always thrive to learn from this and to learn new disco moves. Sorry, the latter was just a mandatory joke for me. So anyway, if something doesn’t make you happy it means that you are doing something wrong. Ordering all the useless, but amazing looking never seen stuff was pretty much a plan gone totally wrong. Instead, I made another plan which was to donate all these things to local drunk people in the streets.

Man, they were not happy because it was not something that was easy to convert to money. But they took it and probably enjoyed them in their private time. After all that stuff was gone, I was again back to minimalist self. Thinking what crazy thing I could do next. Nevertheless, I knew that perhaps Amazon was not the greatest company, or corporation in the world. Perhaps a lot of it was just madness, something that was good to say hi to and even greater to say goodbye to.

I know for many saying goodbye is not that easy. But anyone who is able to look themselves in the eye (with the help of a mirror), can easily comfort themselves by saying. Hey man, this is just silly. Let’s boogie and enjoy our lives while we can. And oh poor things those bastards who work that evil company called Amazon. Now, I have a few days left in Germany (at the moment in Hamburg), which I will boogie on.

Auf wiedersehen und gute nacht!!

Mark Asa

The Great Land of Products in Germany, in English!

Shopping Candies in Germany

It’s been a while, guys and gals. The ‘Bar Mitzvah’ tradition has been active and well. Which is always a great excuse not to write the blog. Which doesn’t mean that I’ve been sitting on my ass, or doing the disco-thing. But rather, I have been sitting inside airplanes, doing more of exploring and even more of learning. It just never surprises me, how far attitudes can take you. It’s a magical world, known as the land of products.

Have you noticed how everything in this world has been made into a product? Well. Visiting the proud nation of Germany has given me a whole new light on this issue. First of all, I thought Amazon was just popular in North America. But down in Germany, they are going even more crazy about it. There are loads of products that you can’t even find anywhere else. Anything from disco balls, to Jewish outfits. A true wonderland, which carries the common name of ‘Amazon’.

That’s why I wanted to have a go at it and see if I can really become a happier person by buying loads of stuff. Especially stuff that I did not need. For the first length of the journey, I needed to figure out how to browse the German Amazon.de in English which turned out alright! I was confused at first, with all the German language that I could not understand. The only cure to this great confusion was to install a plugin for Mozilla Firefox, or alternatively use Chrome which I am not a big fan of. After a few re-starts or so, I fired up my browser again and typed in: www.amazon.de and voila! There it was, the whole product play-field written with the beauty of our or my native language of English. Being an American didn’t have any negative side effects either. Yet, I am only joking of course.

Next order of business was to go through all the leather jump suits or anything that I considered vitally “German”. Lucky enough this stuff was not too expensive, and thanks to the fact that I was physically located in the country postage was free. Now everything was a few clicks away. I purchased a lot of things from Amazon besides kinky outfits. Like some military equipment, an inflatable you know what. As well as a new laptop to write all this with.

So at the time of writing this, I am still waiting for my packages. I was probably a little drunk as well. Which is why I am not that certain about my memory. Meaning that what I ordered is still going to be more or less of a surprise. All I know is that everything look good. And because I good read all the prescriptions in English, there was really no problem figuring out if it was a bad purchase or not. Wrong! I probably ignored a few warnings in the reviews.

Either way, this is the experiment, am I going to be a better person. Well, well, let’s just wait and see! That is, in the next edition of, Bar Mitzvah Disco. And remember folks, the party’s not over until I say it’s over. Let’s hope that it’s not anytime soonish. Except the time we meet again. Plus please, please let me hear from you more. Just because you don’t hear from me, it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t hear from you my dear friends.

Bye, bye,
Mark Asa

Prepare to be Amazed: A Night in Beijing & Chaoyang Theatre

Macigal Performance Chaoyang Theater

Who would like to say that they are better than us (referring to us Bar Mitzvahs of course), well not many dare to do so. However one particular acrobatic group in China are not just saying that but are doing that as well. This time we are not just impressed as was the case with the “Golden Mask Dynasty Show”, but the whole concept of Chinese theatre went to such a far length that we cannot help but be absolutely amazed. Thrilling as it seemed, we were totally blasted by the idea of going to see an acrobatic show in Beijing. The one that everyone was talking about, and going about as well was the Chaoyang Theatre venue which was not to be missed. We soon realised that we had not come to the wrong place, even though our hotel staff tried to get us to a cheesier more commission profitable show. Don’t be fooled by all the different theatres that are scattered around Beijing, you better just approach the Chaoyang district one of the those nights that you are in for a ride.

Since we wanted to know what extreme positions could these guys get into, it’s well obvious that acrobatics is the finest and the best performing art, or variety art as they call it to get a good glimps of it. It’s like eating Sushi in Japan, once you’ve had the good stuff you can no longer go back to the terrible stuff back home. So you end up eating Sushi only on your trips to Japan, well having experienced that once in my life.. I can say with much confidence that the same applies to the Chinese acrobatics. Especially to the Chaoyang Theatre, which has all the feats you could ever dream of seing. I mean, who can put a twenty or so motorcycles inside a cage, have them circle around in total darkness and come out saying hey… are you exited yet? The acrobatic troupe sereved and received they standing standing ovations more than once. People just had a hard time staying still at time, because you were not just excited but worried for the lives of these incredible skillful acrobatic performers.

Having them in the US would be an honor. And going to do some disco with the crew would be just so much fun, in fact I am kind of planning something fun for the theatre performers that I simply can not get enough of.

If you are indeed for a new addiction in your life, the flying acrobatic kind that is. Then I advise all of you Beijing visitors to visit the theatre at 36 North East Third Ring Road. You can give them a call at 008618612359093 or just mail them to get discount tickets to the show. Naturally, the performance is getting more expensive every year and for that these discount ticket booking services come in handy. It can still be affordable, but expect to be paying like you would be visiting some grand spectacle in US. Which this isn’t, because the production is not that pumped up. Instead, it’s trained to make your hair stand up and that’s all. There is no need for all that American glow and honor kind of attitude, because the acrobatics at Chaoyang Theatre is the real, authentic stuff.

In other words, I could not recommend it more. And hope that people take my word for it! It’s like Peking Circus, but the modern version mixed with enough of historical arts to make you feel right at home in the Chinese way of life. Let me know if the comments if you are planning to go. Thanks very much fellow Mitzvah disco goers and let’s enjoy the magical night in Beijing!

Yours truly,
Mark Asa

Mark Asa Travels in China

Dance Performance China

So how do the Chinese disco, I know they sing songs of the Mao. The times of the communist revolution are long gone, yet.. in some way they are right in front of the noses from the perspective of a republic with a nation dedicated population. Indeed, the people in China are a proud population without fear other than their parents. It sometimes almost scares the westerners, how powerful personalities and forward thriven people China is loaded with. And while the disco concept might not be that popular, you can be sure that they will keep on dancing on the streets of every city of this vast, broad and polluted land.

It’s been a fascinating time, learning about myself, the world and even spirituality. Witnessing anything from Kung Fu, to Opera. Going to Places like Xian, Hong Kong & Shanghai. Everything seems fresn and new, yet somehow totally familiar. It’s perhaps because humans are just humans after all. I am enchanted, thinking that I might as well turn the Barmitzvah concept in a travel blog or something. If I get enough comments asking me to do that, it just might happen. Either way, I am hooked to travel and China. It’s teaching me everything from the good and the bad, where in the end I can learn to make choices in life. Pickup the good habits that I like.

But the best habits that I have learned while traveling in China, just have to be things like being just myself. Much like the dance floor where you through away your inhibitions and express yourself to the max. China is exactly like that, where people just grow up in such an environment. Sometimes it annoys you in the huge crowd where people are just going wild at times.. but at the end of the way, it’s better in that way, anyway!=)

Mark A.

Salt of my Travel to Barmitzvah Disco

Car Salt

Sometimes you really need to get out of your comfort zone to learn the wonderous inner workings of the disco lifestyle. As mentioned before, my new profile ‘Doctor Asa” is just all about that. Inspired by the Golden show in Beijing and forwarded.. or more like catapulted to an experience of life that’s not just in Florida but all over the world. I don’t have that many people who I can thank for it, except every single one of you. Many know how hippies say “we are connected”, and I used to laught at this saying. Thinking that it’s impossible, not really understanding what it ment.

Well, thank god we started traveling because it really brought my senses to the “new age”. Not some new age electronic meditation CD, but more of a funky disco tune that grabs life from the balls. One really has to have them, so that you can embrace the adventure that is waiting for you. I am thinking of making a movie out of it, Barmitzvah style, but I am just not sure anymore if this exciting life of mine can be capture on camera anymore. Of course parts of it can and will be memorised and presented to you folks when the time is right.. I just sometimes wish that I could do more, with an attitude that would take all of you with me. No matter if you could afford the flight or not, everyone deserves to broaden their horizons at least once in their life.

Truth is that anyone can, it’s just the guts that are often a lack. When I say balls btw, women usually have more than men. You wouldn’t believe the amount of brave, crazy, disco loving and wonderful female travelers I have met on my journey. They should be proud, because they have really discovered the salt of their lives.

This very salt, is excatly sometimes that I need in life. As I have written, I am feeling spiritual. Perhaps there is a new flavor of salt in town, the one that is united with all, one with all and coated in spirituality. Don’t you think so?

Mark Asa

How Beijing & Golden Mask Show Inspired to Disco

Golden Mask Dynasty Show

Everyone needs inspiration in life, something that motivates you to take the dance floor of your life and lead it to the greatest dance of your life. Such disco metaphors are pretty much new in my life, but a warm welcomed addition as such! I find that everywhere I go, my past of the “disco life” is following me and showing me that it’s an inspirational path that I must consider well to make something really good out of it. For that, I traveled to China, met people and learned their way to do the golden disco.

Yes, I know it sounds unbelievable for a stubborn minded Florida resident such as my self. But it’s true that I went to China all by myself, and got into grips with the different style of life there. It’s was an amazing experience and the show life there, was a great big event. Yes indeed, Bar Mitzvah went to see the Golden Mask Dynasty Show Beijing, Buzzing, Flashing and Fantastic beauty of a theatre performance. It shot me up to the moon and made me remember all the wonderful things, that happened in “show style” during my past. Obviously the Chinese were just as capable of putting up a good show, and I found out that several theaters around the city (more about that later), are boasting with these kinds of extravagance style things. Man, what I really thought was these guys in Beijing really know how to disco baby yeah. It’s honestly what I found myself thinking, and the Florida guy is just baffled with all the beauty in the world now.

Life is a story, and for everyone it’s different. But in this story of the “Golden Mask”, turns out that it’s a story without really a story. Of course it’s located in the ancient China of one of the most golden of dynasties that there ever has been. And there is a struggle of this mask that holds magical powers, the eternal life. But it’s more than that, it’s singing, acting, coreography, dancing and some disco in there as well. But then came the turning point in my life, to Doctor Asa as they will call it. The show made a huge impression on me, and it showed me that you can do whatever you want in life as long as you are honest in what you feel inside. When I visited OCT Theatre, I felt like what I was, was not there anymore.. something was changing in me that I was seeking for all these years of crazy parties and having fun. Perhaps it was true love, for the first time in my life. Had I found it, in the most unlikely of places.. in the polluted by crazy awesome city of Beijing!

While dance has always been great in the states, here in China it was just fresh. I wanted give it a one more shot, and start my own theatre production. Perhaps the Bar Mitzvah Movie will have a sequel after all. It could be the Mitzvah show, with coregoraphy that will blow your mind off. I am absolutely inspired, with little words to express my feelings. Just check out the trailer below, perhaps it will do better than I could ever had. But the point is in what inspired me, to do something similar to the Golden Mask Dynasty Show…. go to the stars and make dreams come true. Especially the fountain scene was impressive and made my eyes poor with tears almost as vividly. Hope you like it and let’s see what the future brings for this inspired guy.

With love as always,
Mark Asa

All new Traveling Doctor Asa

Doctor Asa

I don’t know how many of you knew, that the word Asa means doctor in hebrew. It’s indeed, one of the gratest things that I have had ever received. A name that is, which really tells something about me as a person as well. I know a lot of people get allsorts of non-relative names, except that relevance of the family roots themselves. But for me, being a sort of a doctor kind of a person is really part of my disco personality.

That’s pretty much the reason why I have managed to have such an awesome past. Having the opportunity to create such cool things as the bar mitzvah movie has been one of the biggest pleasures in my life. But that’s not all.. you could say that the doctor has received a sort of an enlightement. I started to seek for more meaning in life. Perhaps my skill to cure the hearts of others has been useful, but perhaps it was time for me to turn the magic wand at myself.

This is the reason why I started traveling and looking for stuff to do when I travel that would mean more than just partying. It should be something with meaning that would give even more reason to party!

I guess what I am trying to say to my dear blog readers, both new and old.. is that I want to have a positive impact on this world which will be expressed in this all new blog. It’s not going to be any more the kind of boring old doing crazy stuff kind of attitude. Because Doctor Asa is going spiritual.

To be continued..

PS. From know on you can all me,
Doctor Asa.