8 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, August 19, 2019

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Aug 21: Snow Patrol

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Snow Patrol have been patching up broken hearts with their sad indie-rock anthems since 1998. After joining Ed Sheeran on tour last year, the post-Britpop pioneers are making their debut in Beijing this week as part of their Asia tour. They’ll be playing an entirely acoustic show – we can’t guarantee time won’t go slowly, but we can confirm the memories will last forever as you help them commemorate the release of their first album in 7 years, Wildness. 

Wed Aug 21, 8pm; RMB480 (presale); Tango, see event listingBuy tickets here.

Aug 23-25: Momo

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The Vertebra Theatre and director Gil Mehmert from Germany bring Michael Ende’s book Momo to life in a stage production of the same name. The play follows the story of a girl named Momo and her fight with the Men in Grey, who steal the time of humans. It’s an eye-opening play with a relevant message on the importance of time. 

Fri Aug 23-Sun Aug 25, 7.30pm; RMB380-1280; National Center for the Performing Arts, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Aug 23-Sep 1: Notre Dame de Paris

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Classical French musical Notre Dame de Paris is known to be one of the most popular musicals of all time. Based on the 1831 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, the French musical brings together a talented array of singers, dancers and acrobats and is set to a memorable soundtrack composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon. The story of lonely bell-ringer Quasimodo and his longing for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda will be sure to captivate Beijing audiences when it lands at the NCPA this weekend. 

Fri Aug 23-Sun Sep 1, various times, RMB380-1180; National Center for the Performing Arts, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Aug 24: Live Jazz BBQ @ The Brickyard

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Feast on an assortment of grilled savory delights, while gazing out at scenic views of the majestic Mutianyu section of the Great Wall at The Brickyard. Set in the garden and featuring some live smooth jazz, the BBQ will bring together foodies and treat them to a lavish buffet of succulent steaks, ribs, trout, chicken, veggie skewers, hamburgers and more. 

Sat Aug 24, 6pm; RMB178 (adults), RMB98 (children 4-12), The Brickyard at Mutianyu, see event listing.

Aug 24: Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River Hike 

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When there’s no beach, hiking and summer go hand-in-hand. Join the Beijing Hikers as they hike up the Yudu Mountains, north of Yanqing. Once at the top, you’ll take in the sights of Yinmeng Temple, followed by a scenic path through birch forests into the Sujia River valley. 

Sat Aug 24, 6.45am; RMB380, RMB340 (members); Beijing Hikers, see event listing. For more info and tickets, visit beijinghikers.com.

Aug 24: Hazy Summer Night

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Find your new favorite budding artist at Hazy Summer Night, an annual showcase of young Chinese talent at Yue Space. This year’s lineup includes Chengdu-based indie rockers DaydreamSecrets, Loft Beach, inspired by ’60s psych and ’90s retro, Xiamen synth-pop duo Peach Illusion and more. Many of the acts will be making their Beijing debut, so don’t miss out on your chance to hear these up-and- coming musicians before they rocket to stardom. 

Sat Aug 24, 7.30pm; RMB120 (presale), RMB150 (door); Yue Space, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Aug 24 & 25: Swan Lake

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With its stupendous performances, opulent sets and dazzling costumes, Russia’s critically-acclaimed Russian State Ballet returns to Beijing with a Tchaikovsky masterpiece – Swan Lake. Featuring some of ballets most mesmerizing scores and stunning choreography, the tragic (yet family-friendly) story of this classic ballet by the legendary Russian composer will leave you longing for more. 

Sat Aug 24 & Sun Aug 25, various times, RMB100-480; Mei Lanfang Grand Theater, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Aug 25: Midnight in Peking Tour

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Bespoke Beijing is organizing their famed walking tour, based on a best-selling murder mystery by author Paul French. In his 2012 book Midnight in Peking, French enthralled readers with his take on the true story of Pamela Werner, a young woman who was murdered almost a century ago. Whether you’ve read it or not, you can now relive the unsolved mystery in its original setting in an author-approved walking tour.

Sun Aug 25, 6.30-9.30pm; RMB450; end tour with drinks at Hotel Beijing NUO, see event listing

[All images courtesy of promoters]


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