Life in China 2017: A Picture a Day, May 25 – We went to a movie with a friend yesterday. She chose it and we weren’t sure what we were seeing until we got there. It turned out to be an Indian movie called Dangal. The problem was that there were only Chinese subtitles :-( I really was able to follow the story line quite well though, just had to ask Leah what was happening 5 or 6 times. I enjoyed it! I do recommend the movie, but best if you can find subtitles in a language you know!
Just like in the USA, movie tickets, when purchased at the theater, are expensive, probably about $12usd. However, I don’t think anyone actually pays full price! There are numerous ways to get discounted tickets. The way Leah has done it for us, we pay about $7usd, but our friend bought them for just $3usd each! The top picture shows a row of machines where you scan the QR code on your phone, from where ever you have purchased the tickets, to get printed tickets for entry.
One way to get discounts at places is to become a VIP. It’s usually free to become a VIP, you just have to put a large amount of money on your card so they know you’ll be back. I have done this for a beauty salon and a pottery painting shop. It was interesting though, at the Volcano Lake Movie City, where we were yesterday, they had a large glass enclosure filled with cat climbing trees, and two sleeping cats. Their VIP promotion is that with different amounts of money put on your account, you can purchase a cat! I’m STILL trying to figure out how this relates to movies????? And I wonder how many cats they actually sell????