9 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, April 15, 2019

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Apr 18: Talos

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Irish indie sensation Talos hits the Beijing stage this Thursday night. Catch the architect-turned-musician's ethereal and melancholy alt-rock tracks at Omni Space.

Thu Apr 18, 8.30pm; RMB130 (presale), RMB160 (door); Omni Space, see event listing.

Apr 18-20: 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' 

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The British TNT Theatre Company unites the myriad themes and symbols of Shakespeare’s most anarchic play, linking drama and comedy. The popular touring company is known for their engaging and charismatic productions, and has scooped up numerous accolades over the years. 

Thu Apr 18-Sat Apr 20, 7.30pm; RMB180-380; Nine Theater, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Apr 18-21: 'White Water and Dust' 

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The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre performs their repertoire of modern dance infused with ancient aesthetics at the NCPA. The 24 dancers that make up the company receive training in meditation, Qigong, calligraphy and internal martial arts, as well as modern dance and ballet, to create a performance that embraces both the traditional and contemporary. They have performed across the world, from the London Barbican to the Moscow Chekhov International Theatre Festival. 

Thu Apr 18-Sun Apr 21, 7.30pm; RMB180-680; National Center for the Performing Arts, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Apr 18-21: 'The Visit'

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At the NCPA, the Beijing People’s Art Theatre presents The Visit as a Chinese-language adaptation of the 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt. It tells the story of a hugely wealthy woman who returns to her hometown with a bargain: she will donate some of her fortune to revitalize the town in exchange for the townspeople killing the man who once made her pregnant and jilted her. The company, which was established in 1952, has been instrumental in promoting Chinese-language theatre abroad as well as at home, beginning with its performance of The Teahouse in 1980. 

Thu Apr 18-Sun Apr 21, 7.30pm; RMB300-680; National Centre for the Performing Arts, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Apr 20: Waste-Free Wall

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Join Beijing Hikers this Saturday to clean up the Jiankou section of the Great Wall in spirit of Earth Day on April 22. They're teaming up with Gung Ho! Pizza and Patagonia to do something nice for our planet. And of course, there will be a pizza and beer reward for the hard efforts of all participants after the long day.

Sat Apr 20, 8am-6pm; RMB290; Jiankou Great Wall, see event listing. For more information, click here.

Apr 20: Sugar House R&B Party 'Yaass Queen!'

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Sugar House brings you a super lineup of female DJs to Modernista for a night that will be all about celebrating female empowerment. Featuring music by R&B royalty– think Toni Braxton, Beyoncé, Ashanti and Mariah Carey – this is the night to bring out the queen inside you and get your freak on. Stay tuned for our ticket giveaway.

Sat Apr 20, 9pm; Modernista, see event listing

April 21: Hutong Tour

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Beijing is cherished for its historic hutongs. What does that tell you? That you should go see them, of course! To help you uncover the secrets and the beauty of the beloved labyrinthine alleyways, Bespoke Beijing launched a new tour dedicated to them. With the guidance of a local Beijinger, the tour will take you up the Drum Tower and down the narrow roads to discover hidden treasures. 

Sun Apr 21, 9am-12.30pm; RMB500 (all entrance tickets included); meeting point at the Drum Tower ticket office, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Apr 21: Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday is coming up this weekend and that means there will be brunches happening all around the city. Stay tuned for our full guide on the best places to celebrate.

Sun Apr 21

Through April

Beijing Food and Culture Festival @ Greenfish

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The Ritz-Carlton Beiing, Financial Street presents the Beijing Food and Culture Festival set in their all-day dining restaurant Greenfish. The event, featuring authentic Beijing delicacies served by chef Evan Liu, also welcomes wood-block watermark printing master, Gao Wenying, to demonstrate the traditional painting technique to curious guests. Appreciate the precious cultural practice before or after you feast on delectable dishes such as soft-fried pork fillets, braised meatballs and noodles with soybean paste.

Through Thu May 9; RMB388/person for lunch, RMB515/person for dinner; Greenfish, see event listing.

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