Red1Karting is a pretty swanky affair. Located north of Shangezhuang subway station, it features karts manufactured by French company Sodikart. Kids who are 145cm and above can drive solo; those who do not meet the height requirement must race in a two-seater with a grownup.
There are three birthday packages available: RMB 2,300 for 5-7 people, RMB 4,600 for 10-15 people, and RMB 5,400 for 10-20 people. They include access to the indoor track, free use of the VIP Room (which usually costs RMB 180 per hour), and varying amounts of food. Guests are allowed to bring their own cake.
With a maximum of seven karts allowed on the track at one time, the center recommends capping the number of guests at 20. Prices are expected to change soon; contact the center for the latest information.
Only the indoor track is currently available; the outdoor track is slated to open in three to four months. Other facilities include a cafe, bar and restaurant, entertainment room with billiards and foosball tables, and KTV rooms.
The restaurant menu includes assorted Western dishes like a German sausage platter, beef and chicken kebabs, and breaded pork chops. The cafe and bar menu features a large food and drinks menu at slightly marked-up prices.
These shiny facilities and equipment do not come cheap. Non-members pay RMB 150 for seven minutes of go-karting while members pay RMB 95. Membership costs RMB 200 per year and can be shared between up to eight people.
The track can also be rented by the hour. From Monday to Thursday, it costs RMB 10,000 per hour before 5pm or RMB 12,000 after 5pm. From Friday to Sunday, it costs RMB 12,000 per hour before 5pm and RMB 15,000 after 5pm.
Red1Karting Beijing 瑞得万（北京）国际卡丁车场
Mon-Fri 1pm-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am. 88 Laiguangying Donglu, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District (main line: 6430 6688, English service: 186 1015 8386, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.red1karting.com 朝阳区崔各庄乡善各庄村来广营东路88号
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