According to the bible a good name is to be chosen over everything else. If this is the case, the brains behind Guangzhou’s hottest nightspot knew exactly what they were doing amalgamating Chinese and French words.
The result was the delectable Huang Ying Paradis and in layman’s terms ‘Welcome to paradise’. Once our hotly-anticipated invite arrived we couldn’t wait to check the place out.
Situated on Zhong Shan San Lu, on top of the Martyr’s Park metro station you will find Huan Ying Paradis. The building is a 150-year-old colonial villa – formerly the tallest building in Guangzhou – with a handsome white façade that appears slightly purple under the tasteful up-lights.
While the outside is charming, the inside is mightily impressive. To welcome paradise into this building hasn’t been cheap and the cost of the renovations the building has undergone must have been big. If the name of the club is a fusion, this idea is carried on through the tasteful décor as antique and modern furnishings – eastern and western – are blended discerningly together. This all makes for very charming surroundings and even better is the hidden sanctuary out the back: a courtyard area with terraces, beautiful calming bamboo, a swimming pool and cabana bar. Looking down on the scene and seemingly controlling the ambience is a giant Buddha.
Upstairs offers even more including a super VIP lounge where rich folks who’ve had one glass of bubbles too many can sleep the night. KTV rooms and a designated hip-hop room will be coming soon.
Why you should go
According to the club’s manager Stanley Lai, Huan Ying Paradis is a landmark in nightlife for Guangzhou and pushes back the boundaries on classy-club culture. The club is definitely stylish and definitely unique for Guangzhou. Inside can be bumping and outside a pool party: one club, two different vibes.
On the Friday night we rocked up, trippy house beats were breaking out and the place was busy, but not rammed. People were either sitting down or standing around tables drinking bottles and having a good time. And why not when the drinks are so reasonably priced; three bottles of sparkling wine or a bottle of Chivas cost a meager 380 RMB – very reasonable we think.
For now the club has a scaled-back party schedule. But weekends mean epic shindigs with Friday and Saturday being more commercial as deep house and hip-hop are spun on the decks. Sunday nights on the other hand mean a reggaeathon. On top of all this there is no cover charge for tables and on Friday and Saturday girls get free pour champagne all night (how good is that?).
Huan Ying Paradis is the sort of gem you’d expect to stumble across in Shanghai, and will prove a welcome slice of Eden in Guangzhou. If you want to forget the outside world, get yourself over to Zhong Shan San Lu and ‘Welcome to paradise’, a new benchmark has just been set in Guangzhou nightclubs