5 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, July 22, 2019

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NBA Exhibition: Unstoppable Beijing


NBA China and Chuanbao China teamed up with Dongfeng Nissan and Exxon Mobil to hold the ingenious ‘NBA Exhibition – Unstoppable Beijing’ at the Yang Art Museum. Derek Chang, CEO of NBA China, Chuanbao Company Chairman Yang Hao, Yue Yue, the popular idol of ONER, and many other leading figures from the sports and art circles attended the event to share their understanding of the trending NBA culture. 

Daily; Yang Art Museum, see event listing.

Jul 23: Courtney Barnett


Moody Australian artist Courtney Barnett became an indie starlet quite out of the blue. She put out her first EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, through her own Melbourne-based record label dubbed Milk! Records in 2012, and quickly followed it up with another stellar EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose in 2013, which garnered rave reviews and included the excellently droll lead single ‘Avant Gardener.’ Her songs are introspective stories, incredibly witty and inescapably relatable, often depicting abstract characters and eccentric scenes that melt into personal reflections on life. Catch her at Omni Space this week and read up on the artist in our recent interview before the show.

Tue Jul 23, 8.30pm; RMB240 (presale), RMB300 (door); Omni Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jul 25: The Forbidden City Tour


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 Jul 25, 2-5pm; RMB358; Bespoke Beijing, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jul 26-Aug 1: Jane Eyre


An adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic 19th-century novel, Jane Eyre tells the story of a young and shy protagonist that works as a tutor for her eventual love interest Rochester. Set in the mysterious setting of an old Victorian manor, the classic love story shows Jane transform the gloomy and overtly serious Rochester into a love-struck gentleman. For fans of classic literature, live theatre and timeless love stories, this is not an event to be missed. 

Fri Jul 26- Sat Aug 3, 7.30pm; RMB580-880; National Center for the Performing Arts, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jul 27: Thin City


Popular Shenzhen post-punk band Thin City brings its boisterous and energetic act to Beijing this month. Adopting an unconventional approach to music, like recording music organically through jam sessions and through organizing shows, Thin City sings songs in both English and Chinese, capturing the mundane and absurd situations of everyday life in China. Touring to support their follow-up to last year’s debut album Rock City Baishizho and EP Spring Watermelon, their newest album O 不 OK is out now in Shenzhen. Make sure to catch them on the last leg of their tour as they rock out with their organic and evolving style. In the meantime, check out our interview with the band. 

Sat Jul 27, 9pm; RMB60 (presale), RMB80 (door); Dusk Dawn Club, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

[All images courtesy of promoters]

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