The old town of Dali has changed a lot over the last ten years, with one of the biggest changes being the emergence of Renmin Lu as a rival to the once-cool "Foreigner Street" (洋人街).
A mere eight years ago, Renmin Lu was a quiet cobblestone road with barbershops, snack stalls, local restaurants and a host of other small businesses more geared toward the local market than the Chinese bohemians or foreign backpackers that now flock to the street's countless restaurants, bars, cafés, guesthouses and shops. Back then there was only one bar on Renmin Lu - The Bird Bar - comfortably perched at the top of the street.
Owned by artists/entrepreneurs and Shandong natives Zhao Rongjie and Liu Xinmin, the Bird Bar is now the oldest fixture on the Renmin Lu scene. Since the early days, the Bird Bar has expanded, adding a guesthouse and even a villa across the street.
On Thursday the Bird will celebrate its eighth birthday with a buffet dinner provided by Mo (another Dali institution), foosball competition and DJ Xiao Lin, plus DJs DSK and Shonny of Uprock and VJ K-108 playing late into the night.
The buffet dinner is 35 yuan and will run from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The foosball competition – winner gets an unspecified prize – runs from 8 until 10. Music and dancing commence at 10. Aside from the buffet, admission to the party is free.
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