Located within the Minhang Gymnasium complex beside Dino Beach, Longmarch is the most professionally set-up bowling alley in the city. That’s because the company which operates it (also called Longmarch), are a bowling equipment manufacturer who sell everything from shoes and balls to lanes and pinsetters. Unsurprisingly, it’s a slick and comfortable 12-lane set up, but what really makes it worth the trip from downtown is that Longmarch is the only place in the city where you can find specialist balls for hooking. Hooks are weighted off-centre enabling you to bowl the ball out to the edge of the lane before it makes a last minute swing inward towards the pins.
Prices per game for non-members range from 12RMB (6-9am) to 24RMB (7-11pm) depending on when you go. Membership cards cost 50RMB and entitle holders to 2RMB off each game. Shoe rental is 3RMB (sizes go up to 47).
For refreshments, the drinks list features cans of Tsingtao for 8RMB, while snacks include 12RMB hamburgers.
Longmarch is also the only place in Puxi where you can buy a ball (from 350RMB) and get it drilled (150-260RMB), a process that takes around 45 minutes and requires intricate measurements of your fingers.