The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's PRD, October 16, 2017

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UPDATE (Oct 17, 12.30pm CST): The Paco Renteria show on October 22 previously listed on this event guide has been cancelled. 

That's PRD takes a look at the best of the week:

October 17: Ben Hobbs & Frum China Tour

British pop singer-songwriter Ben Hobbs will combine forces with Danish musician Frum for what's sure to be an exciting China tour. Hobbs, whose single ‘Sweet Enough’ earned him popularity in his homeland, is part of UK’s new generation of artists, while Frum combines her music with brilliant acting, dance and film. 

Oct 17, 8.30-10pm; RMB50. T:union. See event listing. Tickets.

October 19: Estonian Voices

A cappella band Estonian Voices boast multiple musical styles: jazz, pop and folk music. True to their name, they perform Estonian folk songs as well as original works. For a diverse sampling of genres, check out their concert at the Guangzhou Opera house.

Oct 19, 8pm; RMB180-280. Experimental Theatre, Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

October 19: Thierry Maillard Trio


Thierry Maillard, also known as the '1000 projects artist,' is a jazz pianist and composer who is classically trained. He plays regularly in trios, quartets, chamber orchestras and, most recently, a philharmonic orchestra.

Oct 19, 8.30pm; RMB60. T:union. See event listing.

October 19: BSG University Presentation


On October 19, The British School of Guangzhou will host a presentation by six top European universities, who will speak to both parents and students. The visiting universities' areas of specialty include engineering, hospitality, business and English language research. For more information, visit

Oct 19, 12.40pm. The British School of Guangzhou. See event listing.

October 20: The Candle Thieves

This British duo has been called 'wonderful, funny and whimsical' by music critics. After starting their band as teenagers, the two developed a unique optimism and lightheartedness that runs throughout their music, which is inspired by the likes of the Eels, Sufjan Stevens and The Lucksmiths. This month, they'll perform tunes from their latest album, Details – a collection of songs inspired by real life.

Oct 20, 8.30-10pm; RMB80. T:union. See event listing. Tickets.

October 21: One-day Trip to Dinghu Mountain 


Organized by Life Partner Guangzhou, this day trip to Dinghu Mountain in Zhaoqing city will be both meaningful and pleasurable, with proceeds going to Join in Action, a Guangzhou-based charity that helps those living with leprosy.

Dinghu Mountain is not only known as one of the four most scenic mountains in Guangdong, but is also a sacred Buddhist site. Buses will leave at 8.30am and arrive at the mountain at 11am. The trip will finish at 4pm. To register, call 159 1878 3607 (English, Chinese) or 159 8914 7449 (Japanese, Chinese).

Oct 21, 8am-6.30pm; RMB280 for adults, RMB150 for children (below 1.2 meters). Prices include transportation, lunch, entrance ticket and sightseeing bus. See event listing.

October 21: Taiga


Formed by members from Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia in 2014, the band Taiga is heavily influenced by the Tuvinian band Huun Huur Tu. Band members have studied the music of the nomadic Tuvinians and creatively combine khoomei, a type of throat singing, with shamanic music on traditional instruments such as the morin khuur.

Oct 21, 8-9.30pm; RMB60. 191 Space. See event listing. Tickets.

October 21: White Collar Charity Fight Night


The White Collar Fight Night, which sees everyday employees trade cubicles for the boxing ring, was started by John Graham, founder of a string of fitness-related businesses. The event, which will be the second of its kind this year in Guangzhou, is described as “a way the business elite of the city can... have a friendly scrap and at the same time network and promote their businesses."

Doors open at 6pm, and the first fight is at 7pm. There will be eight fights, with a live auction before each bout supporting the charity GIVES. Contact Jewel ( for table booking. 

Oct 21, 6-11.30pm. Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre. See event listing.


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October 20-November 3: Mila’s Oil Painting Exhibition


With her love for post-impressionism, Chinese oil painter Mila has created a series of portraits with bright colors and a distinctive style. Another painting series, centered around historic parts of Guangzhou, shows her affection for her hometown.

Oct 20-Nov 3, 10am-10pm; free. 4/F, Grandview Mall. See event listing

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