The North Korean Girls in Chinese Restaurants
In a booked room of the restaurant, North Korean girl Li Zhenzhu carries the bottle of alcohol around pouring drinks for every guest, while Jin Yinyu holds a microphone beside her, singing the previously popular Chinese pop song “Friend” in Cantonese. In the hallway outside the booked room, young girls wearing beautiful North Korean ethnic outfits smile, nod, and greet each passing diner.
It is January 9th and this is a North Korean restaurant in the city of Shenyang. A flock of multi-talented, good-figured girls have crossed the Yalu River from North Korea into China, shuttling back and forth among the extravagant “red lanterns and green wine” [scenes of debauchery/feasting and revelry], facing all kinds of guests with smiling faces.
They don’t have mobile phones, much less know how to go online, saying what’s on the internet are all “bad things”.
They call guests “Mister” or “Miss”, and will actively invite guests to go downstairs from the third floor booked rooms to the first floor lobby, where they enthusiastically recommend the Great Leader-themed commemorative stamps. If the guests complain that they are too expensive, they will also say, “we can lower it a little” [price is negotiable].
Almost all of the girls have a beautiful name: Jin Yinyu, Li Zhenzhu, Jin Jingmei, Pu Meixiang… Most of them are university graduates from North Kore, often quickly and appropriately showing smiles and greetings whenever they encounter a guest.
In the lobby on the first floor, the gorgeously-dressed service staff are dazzling.
The guests on the move [people from different places] are always attracted by these North Korean girls.
At the dining table, the North Korea flag is particularly conspicuous against the gorgeous North Korea’s national costume.
Pu Meixiang cut a western-style cake, the creamy fragrance immediately filling the room.
The serving of dishes by the North Korean girls are both careful and standardized.
The North Korean girls seem to pay much a lot of attention to the details of service. When a guest got up to reach a dish, Li Zhenzhu pushed his chair a little forward.
When the guests are at the height of their drinking, the girls change outfits and begin a talent show.
With karaoke accompaniment, Jin Yinyu sings classic North Korean songs for the guests.
The accordion that originated in Europe and was introduced into China and North Korea during the former Soviet Union period remains one of the most common instruments in North Korea.
While their colleagues sing in the booked room, girls performing other shows are prepared outside the door.
A girl holding a guitar wears a shiny necklace around her neck, singing Chinese pop songs in Cantonese.
As the guest dine, the attentive girls frequently look in from outside the door to see if there is anything for them to attend to.
The western guitar is also a main instrument in the girls’ talent shows.
Among the dining guests, many are tourists who have come based on the restaurant’s reputation/fame.
The North Korean girls seem to have all gone through special training, their carrying their bodies upright and with poise when they walk.
After 9pm, guests begin settling and paying their bills, with the average bill in the North Korean restaurant being generally higher than the average Western and Chinese restaurant.
At the front desk [cashier], girls line up waiting for the check.
Even now when many restaurants are experiencing declining business, this North Korean restaurant’s business doesn’t seem to be affected.
In a corner of the first floor lobby is Korean commemorative stamp sales counter, where the girls will recommend to guests commemorative stamps printed with their Great Leader, with each booklet being between 400-600 RMB. Although North Korea is still a planned economy where the government sets the prices of goods, in China, they have long ago adopted the local customs [when in Rome, do as the Romans do], taking the initiative to suggest to guests that they can bargain on the price.
When male guests present a bouquet of flowers to a girl for her performance, the girl will maintain an appropriate distance.
Whenever guests take group photos as mementos, the girls always maintain their smiles from beginning to end.
When the guests have eaten and drank to their heart’s content and settled their bill preparing to leave, the attentive North Korean girls will remind guests to not forget their belongings.
Ethnic dress is on display everywhere in the North Korean restaurant.
As guests in the booked rooms leave one by one, the girls put down their instruments and begin cleaning the tables and chairs.
At around 11pm, with guests having already emptied out of the lobby, the girls begin to practice on the performance stage.
Comments from Sohu:
What we’re really looking at is who is going there to eat and who is spending the money. The Committee for Discipline Inspection [anti-corruption authorities] should investigate. There must be problems [incidents of corruption/abuse of power and public funds]. This meal is really expensive.
Are you people certain they are North Korean girls? And not just ethnic Korean girls?
North Korean women are so beautiful!
I sincerely want to find this kind of girl.
Is this a restaurant opened by Chinese people or a restaurant opened by North Korea in China?
This is society, this is life. Different societies will have different people and even a different way of doing things!
They wouldn’t be spies, would they?
There is no need for excessive publicity of North Korea girls. A good restaurant with standardized procedures and etiquette is normal, [so this is] overly hyped. North Korea being closed off [to the outside world] is more importantly a kind of backwardness, [and thus North Korea is] not worth promoting.
The high-quality [well-mannered, good-charactered] service staff, is there an ulterior motive for it?
Coming to China, they finally no longer have to suffer from hunger.
[The girls] have an image and dignity, which is worth Chinese people learning from.
In a luxury Chinese restaurant using a South Korean mobile phone taking photos of North Korean women.
These North Korea girls are indeed so much better looking than those from South Korea. Such good genes they have. Alas alas…… South Korea’s genes are bad, all small eyes and big faces, and that’s why their plastic surgery industry is so developed.
Chinese territory only needs Chinese locals to provide service. Don’t let outsiders invade. No matter how good it is, it’s still that of others. Are the smiles of Chinese people not beautiful?
The Leader’s stamps, they can be a little cheaper — the Leader can be very cheap — girl, you don’t understand, the problem is even if you freely gave them away, there still might not be anyone who wants them.