YOUNG rappers and punks rubbed shoulders with middle-aged tuxedoed expatriates at the weekend for the final party at Beijing's most opulent restaurant, Maxim's. An estimated 700 revellers crammed into the art deco eatery for a St Valentine's Day celebration featuring some of the capital's more avant-garde performers. Beijing's most famous musicians, including Cui Jian, are all on a tour of Germany, allowing lesser-known singers such as He Yong and the rap group Didi the opportunity to shine. And shine they did. One of the singers decided to take a leaf out of Axl Rose's book and hurled himself off the stage into the cheering crowd, while the bass player climbed on top of another guitarist's shoulders, almost crashing into the stack of loudspeakers by the side of the stage in the process. Some of the tuxedo and ball gown crowd, who had been attending a rather more sedate gala earlier in the evening, looked bemused at this point but still stayed until the festivities died down at 3 am. One of the organisers described the event as probably the biggest and certainly the liveliest party at Maxim's in the past four years. The building will now close for renovations and will reopen as a karaoke bar and dance hall aimed at Hongkong, Taiwanese and Japanese customers in about a month's time. The actual restaurant will be moved to the World Trade Centre. It will formally open when the owner of the Maxim's chain and fashion mogul Pierre Cardin arrives in Beijing early next month.