How To: Find a Legit Massage in China

How To: Find a Legit Massage in China
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Have you ever considered having a full body massage, but worried that your massage would turn into an unwanted sexy fiasco? Here we give you advice on how to recognize the differences between parlours offering sexual services and those that give legitimate professional massages in China.

How to find a real massage china

Although not generally known as a destination for prostitution or sex tourism in the way some other South East Asian countries are – places in which prostitution and pedophiles are a high profile social problem – China is still home to a large sex industry, and a great many prostitutes. The prevalence of prostitution is hardly surprising phenomenon, especially when taking into consideration the abundance of people in China, the disparity of incomes between rich and poor, and the well known adage of prostitution being the oldest profession in the world.

In the Middle Kingdom prostitutes commonly ply their trade in KTV halls, saunas and massage parlors. In terms of massage parlours, it is at times difficult at first sight to tell which places are offering genuine services and which ones are brothels in disguise. Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching out a good venue to have a legit massage in China:

Pink Light Zone
The best way to identify a bonafide massage parlor in China is just to use your eyes. When looking for a massage, using common sense, as it generally does in life, tends to pay off. If the place looks seedy, more than likely it is seedy. The first visual clue to check is lighting. Pink lighting to make an establishment’s wares (the ladies) appear more appealing is the most obvious sign of a brothel. In the rest of the world it is red light; in China it is pink.

Other Clues
Colors aside, there are other visual hints that give away clues as to an establishment’s true nature. If you look though the window – this is particularly applicable to smaller local parlors – and there is a row of dejected looking girls, heavily made-up, wearing revealing dresses and fishnet stockings, grazing on a sofa in front of a TV, then more than likely what you are looking at is a house of ill repute. Dressing “sexy” is not what would immediately spring to the mind of most people when asked to consider what a professional masseur’s job description might entail. Likewise, if you are perusing adverts in the classified section of a magazine looking for outcall massage and the masseur has felt it appropriate to describe herself as “172 cm tall, curvy and sexy” you may be in for more than you expected when the call out arrives at your home. As mentioned already, common sense should prevail.

Looks Can be Deceiving
Ruling out massage parlors that don't look seedy, however, is not necessarily an 100% foolproof way of avoiding that embarrassing “massage situation”, as many more up-market looking and priced establishments have “special services” or “teshu fuwu (特殊服务)” staff. Even in classier looking places where masseurs wear uniforms with numbered badges, one may still fall foul of an attempted happy ending. Having said this, it is less likely in the aforementioned parlors than in the seamier setups around town

Should you still be uncertain of the nature of the massage parlor you're visiting, the best way to safeguard oneself against an unwanted scenario is to choose a style of massage which will less likely lead to misunderstandings. Choosing TCM-style tui na (推拿), or Thai-style massages in which the recipient remains fully clothed, or wearing the pajamas often provided, is definitely a safer option. Oil massage, on the other hand, which requires disrobing could possibly lead to uninvited contact. In this respect, foot massages are always a good bet for those seeking less bang for their buck.

Two’s Company Three’s a Crowd
Should you have followed the above steps but there is still a niggling concern in the back of your mind that your massage parlor is not legit, there is another way of avoiding unexpected services: bring a friend, preferably a female one. Unwanted attention will most certainly be deflected if you are a man arriving at a massage parlor in the company of a female friend.

Word of Mouth
If you're not sure where to find a venue for a professional massage, it's always a good idea to ask for recommendations of reputable parlours. Chinese friends and other expats will more than likely have suggestions which will help you find what you're looking for in your area.

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Any idea on massage places in weihai city shangdong province

May 20, 2018 21:52 Report Abuse



actually, if you go to the spa/ bathhouses, you can get 1. just the bath/sauna 2. get a full body scrub. 3. get normal massage 4. get foot massage 5. get sexual massage. 6. have sex.
the cheapest ones are usually foot massage or body massage (some doesnt have foot massage)

Aug 02, 2012 12:53 Report Abuse



Hello fellas, i am i Guangzhou and "urgently" need a good priced massage place. .... And of course with a happy ending. An ordinary brothel too will do just fine!

Jul 27, 2012 05:04 Report Abuse



please write to the email

Feb 17, 2012 03:16 Report Abuse



Can you help me please?
My name is Alexander, I live in Kazakhstan.
I open a medical office.
I want to open the cabinet with Chinese massage, I would like that it will be the specialist from China

How can I to invite from China would like to invite the Chinese to work - a masseur. where and how I can find such a masseur?
thank you

Feb 17, 2012 03:15 Report Abuse



Hi there,
can you pls let me have address of pink zone in hangzhou? I wanna have a good time...

Feb 13, 2012 21:38 Report Abuse



"Have you ever considered having a full body massage, but worried that your massage would turn into an unwanted sexy fiasco?"

Not really. I would just make the best out of the situation... :O)

Dec 23, 2011 18:32 Report Abuse



Awesome comment !!! haha

Jan 04, 2012 08:56 Report Abuse



Hi, is there anyone know professional massage in Tianjin? I'd like to get traditional Chinese massage, but it seems hard to find it...thanks,guys!

Dec 11, 2011 00:01 Report Abuse



a have proplame in may dou you can i go to fromme you massage

Nov 30, 2011 02:29 Report Abuse



Unbelievably good article and great comments

Oct 27, 2011 15:33 Report Abuse



Going to get a massage with a spouse isn't foolproof, either. I, as a female, was once subtly offered extra services by a male masseuse, even though my husband was right next to me! NO THANKS!

Oct 21, 2011 01:15 Report Abuse


Jim tiggins

My chinese friend told me that those seedier massage parlours are a necessary way of life here for millions of the migrant male workers who spend up to a year away from their partners in far flung cities, slaving away in factories to keep their families above subsistence. they must live the loneliest of lives. what is they call it for prisoners...'a congugal visit' ?

Oct 07, 2011 04:53 Report Abuse



in my mind i am always looking for the 'seedy' places and not the 'legit' ones haha,when i am walking and see the girls on the couch waving and smiling i think to myself i wonder how freaky they get?lol

Oct 04, 2011 00:20 Report Abuse



yeah ! Jason i would like to share my experience with you . A chinese friend invited me to a meal and after having a he decided that we should go for a massage . since i was a stranger i couldn,t know which place could be better for us. He took me to a place where the ladies dressed in pink napkins. I was very surprise and a little affraid but my friend told me not to have any fear. but when i got in the massage room the lady only asked me to undress as she was also undressing. I pretended not to understand what she went and told my friend that i am not understanding . so my friend talked to me in English . So screamed and said "this is not massage and am not ready now" i told my friend. he was only laughing at me. At the end i didn,t do any massage and i didn,t do anything. my friend wasted his money

Oct 01, 2011 16:46 Report Abuse


Beavis Smith

Man, you definitely spit on your friends!

Dec 11, 2011 10:07 Report Abuse



Wow! This author sounds like a veteran massage customer. Perhaps the knowledge comes from experience? I want to ask the author, "if you know so much about how to avoid the prostitutes, then you must know where to find the prostitutes as well. My question is, is this an attempt to avoid prostitution or a confession of dabbling in it?

Oct 01, 2011 08:04 Report Abuse



So what if the author dabbles in prostitution? Maybe you should. You sound like a prude. Get a life!

Oct 02, 2011 08:22 Report Abuse



haha,,,,, and the funny thing is those girls sitting on sofa in pink shops look damn hottttttttt... never tried though. kind of scared of that places,, anyone has any experience ? wana share?

Sep 30, 2011 12:10 Report Abuse



Massage spas are mostly very nice, never seedy unless you're in a secondary city. Again, price is the best indicator of what you're getting! The girls in the massage biz all come from farming villages and they choose this profession willingly. They make the same money working in a 5 star hotel vs local massage parlor. So by staying away from the over prices hotels you're doing them a favor because you can pay for more massages during your stay :)
Stay away from those massage without you changing into the house pj. Your good cloth will be ruined, and you can't get a good massage in street cloth anyway.

If you want the special, Thailand is easy, and Thai girls have amazing figures! If you're staying a few days you might as well ask one out as your gf for the trip. It works out better on your wallet and you get a local guide for free.

Apr 03, 2011 07:52 Report Abuse



Look at the price! Under 300rmb for an hour of foot plus full Hour body massage will be clean and legit. Over 600rmb will be the special. Many places do both. And they don't do specials for foreigners-typically

Apr 03, 2011 07:16 Report Abuse



Not necesarily! In guilin there is this massage place that looks reputable: no pink light, not seedy, girls wear uniform qipao with numbers. The thing is that at the end of the massage, you get a happy ending. Price? from 80 to 300 RMB. And this is not the vip service!

Sep 30, 2011 23:00 Report Abuse



QUICK ADVICE: I have found over the years from Shanghai to Beilun to Wuhan to Ningbo that many brothels always have a dimmed pink light BUT also a barber pole just like in America. This is usually a clear sign of a brothel. ...and just look inside and you will usually see girls sleeping and watching TV. Beilun has about two or three blocks of them and some of them just sit inside a room where you can view her through the glass.

Dec 04, 2010 04:44 Report Abuse



Legit hair dressers also have the barbers pole. But they don't have the pink lights or open after 9pm.

Dec 04, 2010 19:08 Report Abuse




Nov 10, 2010 05:41 Report Abuse