The Sanlitun Fights

Last Saturday, some friends and I went for a pizza at Nearby the Tree in Sanlitun.

After devouring the pizzas, we headed off to the Sanlitun backstreet / alleys where most alcoholic beverages are priced at 10 kuai.

It's dirt cheap. At least, for me. :))

The last I actually sat there was like…eons ago and I don't even remember who I was with.

So, sitting there on a Saturday night was perfect as I didn't have to work the next day. I have already said goodbye to weekend classes not long ago but there's a possibility that I'll be doing it again in the future.

But, for now, I'm enjoying my summer nights so far—spending my time away with fellow hedonists while in search for the true meaning of life.

We got an outdoor table right at the doorstep of Fish and Nation. The crowd were mostly international students who value nothing but cheap drinks.

We ordered beer, of course. Cold ones—perfect for the summer heat!

After having two bottles of Tsingtao beer, there's this Chinese guy sitting in front of us—alone. He doesn't speak English but he tried hard to be understood and we tried to understand him.

It was a good thing that one of us was Chinese and he did a lot of translations.

But, then, alcohol does wonders.

The Chinese guy bought us each a bottle of beer to the surprise of everybody.

And it didn't stop there. The beer continued flowing and coming until I lost count of how many exactly he gave us.

There were eleven of us and though beers are cheap but, still, it must have cost him a fortune.

He enjoyed our crazy, loud and noisy company.

Sanlitun Fights from wideye shut on Vimeo.

Then, there were fights.

We arrived there at 11:30 p.m. and went home 5:30 a.m., the next day.

Within 6 hours of flattening our ass on the chair, I counted FIVE fights–from verbal altercations to hard punches to violent slash nasty one that the battered guy literally drenched in blood.

Sorry to disappoint you, but, no, nobody's left breathless.

This is not my first time to see bloody fights in this same place. I had seen 4 before and now it summed up to 9.

And all these fights—involved drunk Chinese guys whose friends won't break the conflict but join the agog.

This back alley is very notorious not just for drug dealers but also for pound for pound knockout and bottle to bottle scuffle.

See the order of fights in the video above.

Fight #1: Verbal diarrhea and minor punches. I wasn't able to record it. It was too short-lived. I was quiet disappointed. 😉

Fight #2: Misunderstanding. Waiters were able to break it fast. Good job. 

ADVERTISEMENT: Some fellow couchsurfers did some kinda… I dunno… bullshit? Hahahahaha..

Fight #3: Hard punches. Group of friends destroyed a guy whose friends are nowhere. Caucasian woman was accidentally hurt.

Fight #4: Some punches.

Fight #5: The nastiest was the finale of the morning. It started with these two guys shouting and two girls were trying to break the fight but convincing the shirtless, their friend, to fuck off but he was too drunk and maybe, didn't want to lose face in front of the foreign crowd, so he continued to throw verbal abuse to the other guy who was very passive and didn't even throw back punches.

When the two girls were helpless, they ran away and called three other friends of theirs and that's when the throwing and breaking of empty Tsingtao beers started.

I was literally 3 meters away when the first bottled was poked at the guy's head and I still could hear the breaking sound until now.

I was soooooo scared that I ran as far as I could.

The last part of the video was not the last sound I heard.

I was too frightened that I accidentally turned off the camera.

Drunk. Scared. Back alleys. Ten-kuai bars. Tsingtao beers.

That spells EXTREME FUN! :))

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