Workaholics in the provincial capital who can never find enough time to shop, or dine, or drink as much as their friends do are about to run out of excuses. The city’s Commerce Bureau has released a “Guangzhou nighttime economy map” that lists 15 commercial clusters as landmarks of “Guangzhou by Night”. This, it says, is a blueprint for the city’s plans to “enrich and expand nighttime consumption options” and develop Guangzhou into a “sleepless city” in the Greater Bay Area.
Shenzhen is ranked the second most lively night city in China, after Shanghai, according to a nightlife index based on the data provided by China’s ride hailing app Didi-Chuxing and the restaurant review app Dazhong Dianping.
They cite a report from Beijing-based commercial property consultancy firm RET, which looks at eight “nightlife sectors” including bars, cinemas, KTVs, gyms, late-night dining, internet cafes, entertainment and convenience stores. The report studied each sector’s geographical distribution, consumption patterns and operational models. RET said that it hopes the report will provide an understanding on Shenzhen’s evening and night-time economy, which should help in planning future development.
The report concluded that “consumption time has kept expanding into later hours”, which appears to suggest that people are working harder and playing later. Expansion has been spreading from the city center, while “different subcultures” have brought new business ideas and trends for late-night consumption. Technology has become an important driver of all this change, naturally.
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