7 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, June 25, 2019

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Ongoing: Picasso – Birth of a Genius 

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Take in the art of Pablo Picasso right here in Beijing. This exhibition sees work from Picasso's first three decades – 103 pieces in total that include paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Specially curated for UCCA by the Head of Collections at Musée National Picasso-Paris, the event showcases one of the true modern art heavyweights and his formative years.

Daily, 10am-7pm; RMB138-188; UCCA, see event listing.

Southeast Asian Afternoon Tea

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For a unique afternoon tea, look no further than Grand Millennium Beijing’s Lobby Lounge, where they're offering a medley of Southeast Asian delights. Served on three tiers, the assortment is made up of hot and cold bites, as well as a dainty selection of famous Southeast Asian desserts like mango with sticky rice. Expect savory twists on the classics like a Hainanese chicken sandwich with refreshing cucumber slices in crispy-fried mantou, perfectly prepared chicken satay skewers paired with sweet-and-tangy peanut sauce and more.

Daily, 2.30-5pm; RMB268/set; Lobby Lounge @ Grand Millenium, see event listing.

Jun 26: Camp @ Camera Stylo

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Didn’t make it the Met Gala in New York City this year? No worries. Sign up for Camera Stylo’s camp-themed runway show and make your glam debut this Wednesday. 

Wed Jun 26, 2pm; Camera Stylo, see event listing.

Jun 27: The Forbidden City Tour

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It’s no surprise the Forbidden City, Beijing’s most fascinating sight, has inspired an Oscar-winning movie and countless Chinese soap operas: There’s enough murder, betrayal, and intrigue woven into its 500-year-old story to fuel hundreds more. With its rich cast of characters – concubines, court officials, eunuchs, emperors – and wildly changing fortunes (to say nothing of its stunning architecture and symbolism), this is one Beijing bucket list sight you need a professional guide for to help you appreciate it fully.

Thu Jun 27, 2-5pm; RMB358; Bespoke Beijing, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 29: Summer Pool Party

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Get to lavish rooftop pool at The Emperor Hotel for a cool pool day every Saturday. That’s right, every Saturday. This weekend, they’ll have a free-flow deal for cocktails, beers and snacks at Shang Bar, as well as a live DJ, from 2-8pm.

Sat Jun 29, 2-8pm; RMB298 (free-flow drinks and snacks); The Emperor Hotel, see event listing.

Jun 30: The KVB

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British audio-visual band The KVB hit the stage at Omni Space this Sunday. Catch their eclectic fusion of shoegaze, post-punk, electronic and more.

Sun Jun 30, 8.30pm; RMB130 (advance), RMB160 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 30: Yunmeng Gorge Hike 

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Image via beijinghikers.com

Take part in one of Beijing Hikers’ many excursions outside of the city by joining them for a hike along the Yungmeng Gorge, where you can enjoy a picnic and a swim. The hike is a total of 8km, or approximately three to four hours with a two-hour drive each way. Feel free to explore the general area, or kick back, relax and enjoy your surroundings. The bus will leave Liangmaqiao at 7.30am and Lido Hotel at 8am, returning to Beijing at 5.30pm. 

Sun Jun 30, 8am-5.30pm; RMB380, RMB340 (members); pickup at Liangmaqiao or Lido, see event listing. For more information and tickets, visit beijinghikers.com.


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