Would you look at that. We have to admit, we’ve always looked at the guys who organize Roller Revival with a mix of bemusement and “why the heck would anyone do this (even when we go and check it out ourselves). But apparently Gangsta Boogie and the rest of the RR gang are just down with the trends of a particular set of people: migrant workers.
While wealthy executives in trend-setting Shanghai would never be seen indulging in something so passe, roller disco is the entertainment of choice for the tens of thousands of migrants working in low-paying jobs in China’s most expensive city.
Most of these modern fans are in their twenties, too young to remember the craze that swept the United States some 30 years ago, and their ardour proves that disco is not dead.
At Xinxiang roller skating rink, the city’s first and biggest roller disco, hundreds of workers turn up every night to meet friends, listen to music and skate in a rink slightly bigger than a basketball court.
And, most importantly, it’s really cheap. While going to a jazz club could cost you hundreds just for a bottle, Xinxiang Rink’s prices apparently run at just 20RMB for entry and 5RMB for skate rental. Huh! For our broke days out, maybe we’ll get over our fear of being slammed into by rookie skating strangers and actually head down to one of these places.
Address: Xinxiang Roller Rink (新翔滚轴溜冰场), Putuo District 138 Lanxi Lu 兰溪路138号
For more roller rink options, check out this page (all in Chinese).