Xian gay scene

Stefan Arestis

Xi'An is a Chinese city with a population about the size of London (7 million).  Xian is famous for the Terracotta Army as well as the Muslim Quarter, which is a paradise for foodies.

We based ourselves in Xi'An for a while during out travels in China so we set out to discover its gay scene with our local friend, Cass:

A gay night out in Xi'An with our local friend Cass
A gay night out in Xi'An with our local friend Cass

The Xian gay scene

Cass introduced us to the Xian gay scene.  At the time of writing, Xi'An had only one club/bar called “In.D” (pronounced, “Indy”).  We also used Utopia Asia as a gay guide reference, but it needs some updating.

In.D is located next to the Starway Hotel on “Taibaoji Xiang” inside Zhu Qu Men.

When you enter, you are given a table and obliged to spend 200 yuan (around £20) per table.  This will get you around 20 bottles of beer or 2 bottles of (bad) wine, or a mix of both.

You then sit back and enjoy the cabaret show.

The cabaret at In.D was some of the funniest we've seen, despite the language barrier:

And, there are a variety of Chinese comedy sketches, solo singing, and boy band style dancing performances like this:

But, at around 1am, the shows finish and people start to leave.  The Chinese generally don't like dancing and instead prefer to sit at their tables playing a dice game with each other.

As a non-Chinese person, you will stand out and get a lot of attention, so choose your outfit well and have a ball in the Xian gay scene:

Making friends in the Xian gay scene
As a foreigner, you will easily make friends in the Xian gay scene

For more, watch our China travel video as we ate our way from Beijing in the North all the way to the south via Pingyao, Xi'An, Shanghai, Yangshuo through to Shangri-La:

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

6 thoughts on “Xian gay scene”

  1. I liked ‘the Moon’ gay bar. It was great. Only that out of all gay guys inside, there was only one I liked, and apparently he liked me too 😊

  2. InD is a interesting club,but I think The Moon Palace Club is more interesting. The Moon Palace Club have many people dance after the end of the show. Xi’an have 4 gay club, some ok, some bad.

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