(photo stolen from my friend Lesley's blog)
A waiter will come when beckoned to fill orders for drinks and food. While most venues are open 24/7, Friday and Saturday nights are usually the most crowded.
Once inside your room, you use a touch screen to select your tunes. The system is generally in Chinese so it's best to have someone along who can read a few characters. Or just press buttons and hope for the best (that's usually what I do). Most places will have songs in English though the selection will vary from spot to spot.
Once you've made your selection, you simply sit back and sing along. Microphones are provided in each room and if you are lucky, so are musical instruments (think tambourines and maracas).
And sometimes strange things happen. Like the time Michael Jackson impersonators randomly crashed our room.
There are KTV spots all over the city. Seriously. Almost every corner has one. A few of my favorites are:
98 Huaihai Middle Road (near Longmen Road)