6 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, October 8, 2019

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David Hockney – Works From the Tate Collection

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Paintings by renowned British artist David Hockney are now on display at M Woods’ brand-new second location in the up-and-coming Longfusi compound. Taken from the Tate Collection in London, the works will be exhibited at the gallery through early next year.
Daily through January 1; RMB180 (Tue-Thu), RMB220 (Fri-Sun); M Woods (Longfusi), see event listing.

Made in China: National Banquet Classics @ Jing Yaa Tang

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Jing Yaa Tang at The Opposite House is still celebrating National Day with a menu of traditional dishes. Let Chef Li Dong take you on a culinary journey back in time to taste some of the national banquet classics through October 13. Enjoy the scrumptious banquet menu which includes delicacies like steamed mixed mushroom dumplings with Chinese caviar and crispy Mandarin fish topped with sweet and sour sauce, a classic Huaiyang dish that truly tests a chef’s knife skills and a favorite of diners from all corners of the globe.

Daily through Sun Oct 13; Jing Yaa Tang @ The Opposite House, see event listing.

Oct 10 & 11: Harvey Mason Chameleon 

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Image via Harvey Mason/Facebook

Nicknamed “the Chameleon” for his ability to perform a multitude of music styles, acclaimed session drummer Harvey Mason has also moonlit as a producer and composer throughout his celebrated career. He has worked with a stellar cast of artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Beyoncé and John Legend, just to name a few. Catch “the Chameleon” and his alluring blend of R&B and cutting-edge jazz at Blue Note this week. 

Thu Oct 10 & Fri Oct 11, various times; RMB360-460; Blue Note Beijing, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Oct 10-27: Oktoberfest 

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Not only does October herald the coming of autumn, it also brings Oktoberfest back to Beijing. Held at Kempinski’s Paulaner Bräuhaus, you are invited to take part in a lively mix of activities, such as singalongs and dance-alongs, as well as performances by the Alpine Bavarian Band. Of course, there will be classic German fare and free-flow Paulaner beer to pair with the Oktoberfest set dinner and free-flow soft drinks with the Oktoberfest Sunday buffet brunch. 

Thu Oct 10-Sun Oct 27, 11.30am (brunch), 6pm (dinner); RMB290 (brunch), RMB498 (dinner); Paulaner Bräuhaus, see event listing

Oct 12 & 13: Three Stories of Yimeng 

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As a tribute to the women of the Yimeng Mountains in present-day Shandong province, the National Ballet of China is bringing a three-part story to Beijing stages. Follow these women as they sacrifice their lives and families for the revolution that brought about the birth of a new China. Three Stories of Yimeng is the culmination of two years of preparation, with a cast of artists capturing the poignant themes of dedication and perseverance. 

Sat Oct 12 & Sun Oct 13, 7.30pm; RMB100-600; National Center for the Performing Arts – Opera House, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Oct 12: Venezuelan Arepas

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Laid-back hutong eatery and bar Side Street is taking a detour from its classic burgers to excite diners with authentic Venezuelan arepas every Saturday. Handmade from maize flour, a wide range of accompaniments is offered, catering to meat-lovers and vegans alike. There will also be great drinks and arepas combos each week. 

Saturday, 4pm; Side Street, see event listing.

[All images courtesy of promoters]


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