Still naive to the way things worked throughout China, I went to a night club in Yang Shuo which instantly gave me a view of a Chinese stripper performing for all of the patrons. She did not get completely naked, nor did she stay too long, but it was a shock to see such a thing in conservative China. After she left, the normal night club action continued, but this was in no way normal.
Actually, there were a lot of very cute girls in the club, which I found surprising because of the size of the town. The dark smoke-filled room pounded out the up-tempo base beats while the very young male patrons, dressed in the cheap business suit found so common amongst the Chinese labor class, were dancing with ladies on the dance floor. The floor was crunchy because all of the Chinese youth were enjoying sunflower seeds and spitting them all over, it seemed a little out of place to eat such a dirty item in a night club, but I am the foreigner. The men would dance in front of the girls, showing off their best moves while the girls would stand straight-legged with perfect posture, then look at their feet and begin to rotate their heads back and forth furiously. This dancing, while similar to "head-banging" could only be described as "head-screwing."
Of course, I was able to experience this sort of dancing partner and try to imagine the cultural meanings of changes in the pace and method of the rotating. "If she lets her hair touch me, that means that she likes me" or "she uses that hair to tell me the distance at which I should be."
When I first got onto the floor a girl came up to me, she was very short, all of the people in this town were short, and kind of cute. I smiled at her and she smiled back. What a SHOCK! This cute girl had one rotting tooth and one MISSING tooth, right in the front. Call it a fetish, maybe I am a hypochondriac, but teeth are important to me. So, I did my best to let her know I was not interested in a polite way, simply continuing the dance and then pretending I did not speak any Chinese.
After a while, I found a girl that was very nice looking and asked her to dance. We danced, the rotating head dance of course, and then she went back to her sunflower seeds. This happened throughout the night, but she did not appear to have any real interest in me. So, I said goodbye when it was time to go. She told me to wait, went into an office like room, got an approving nod from an older woman and then followed me to my hotel where we exchanged numbers at the door. She smiled as she left, I noticed the sunflower seeds stuck nicely between her teeth.
She came over the next day to enjoy the air-conditioning; it is really hot in that area during the summer. She called me one other time, when I was on a train coming back from Hang Zhou to ask me to go to Yang Shuo again, but that is another story.