5 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, January 6, 2020

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Jan 9: Neun Welten 

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Stepping away from the ultra-produced sound of the Top 50 charts is Neun Welten. Meaning ‘nine worlds’ in German (referencing the nine worlds of Norse mythology), this Leipzig-based band performs an alluring blend of dreamy acoustics and folk, evoking Viking and witchy imagery. From their debut, Valg, to their most recent release, The Sea I’m Diving In, Neun Welten have been at the forefront of the dark folk scene. Join them on their China tour. 

Thu Jan 9, 8.30pm; RMB100 (presale), RMB130 (door); MAO Livehouse, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jan 9-12: Rent 

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Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Broadway classic Rent is hitting Beijing stages this week. A reimagining of Puccini’s opera La BohèmeRent tells the story of a group of struggling artists trying to make a living and follow their dreams while living under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. This musical has inspired audiences all over the world with its message of joy and hope in the face of fear, reminding us to hold on to the thing that matters most – love. 

Thu Jan 9-Sun Jan 12, various times; RMB180-680; Rulun Lecture Hall of Renmin University, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Through Jan 10:  ‘Fraternity… Fraternidad’ Exhibition 

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The group exhibition Fraternity… Fraternidad gathers together works by artists from China, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and Uruguay under the theme of an invitation to a journey in humankind, peace and fraternity between people. The exhibition shows that with courage and determination, fraternity is a challenge worth taking up. 

Through Fri Jan 10, 10am-7pm; free entry; ART-DES Gallery, see event listing.

Jan 11: Yinmeng Temple and Sujia River Hike 

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Let Beijing Hikers guide you on a thrilling 10-kilometer hike through the Yudu mountains and Sujia River valley. This trail will take you past Yinmeng Temple, built during the Liao Dynasty and restored in 2009, before passing through birch forests and picturesque cliffs. Though the climb may be tough, you will be rewarded with stunning views of sloping peaks and open plains. Due to the relative difficulty of the hike, this is recommended for experienced hikers and those with a higher fitness level. 

Sat Jan 11; RMB340 (members), RMB380 (non-members); see event listing. For tickets and more info, visit beijinghikers.com.

New Weekend Brunch @ Migas Mercado 


The only thing better than waking up late on a weekend is brunch. Migas Mercado, in their prime CBD location, invite you to sample a range of dishes from their brunch and a la carte menu – tuck into soups and stews, eggs and bread, a host of sharing dishes and more. This brunch is made complete with free-flow drinks, so order all the sangria, cava, cocktails and soft drinks to your heart’s content. 

Saturdays & Sundays, 11.30am; RMB168 (includes free-flow drinks); Migas Mercado, see event listing.


Have an event to list? Head here to list your upcoming event. We’ll choose the best new additions to feature on next week’s edition of ‘What's On in Beijing.’ Not sure where to start? Here's a full guide on how to list your upcoming events on our website.

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