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The pandemic has changed China’s nightclubs

The pandemic posed an enormous threat to China’s club scene.

Nightspots in Beijing were forced to shut in January. They did not reopen properly until August.

Yet many electronic-music clubs have weathered the disruption, in part because punters freed from lockdown have flocked back to them.

How has nightlife changed in China?

Party people must prove that they have not travelled anywhere they might have picked up COVID-19, by showing doormen a code generated by a government mobile app. But once inside, no one bothered to maintain social distancing while dancing.

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