The 12 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, January 7, 2019

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That’s Guangzhou takes a look at the best events of the week: 

Tue, Jan 8: Chai Live at Mao Livehouse

chai-coer.jpgImage via promoter

Four Japanese girls set out to redefine the meaning of ‘cute’ via music and thus formed Chai. Fusing sonic elements, their sound is influenced by Basement Jaxx, Gorillaz, CSS and Tom Tom Club, while lyrics focus on self-empowerment. In the island nation, the four-piece band have won a devoted following with their unique music videos.

Read our interview with Chai here.

Tue Jan 8, 9pm; RMB150 presale, RMB220 at the door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

Tue, Jan 8: Trivia at Ginstar 


Every Tuesday evening, Ginstar’s Zhujiang New Town location holds its weekly pub quiz from 8.30-10pm. The trivia covers a wide range of topics and subjects, from current events and pop culture to geography, literature and politics. (Photo, music and connection rounds also feature!).

Participating teams stand the chance to win a number of boozy prizes, including a bottle of Fireball, 3 liters of Carlsberg and a bottle of wine! And, as an added bonus, trivia attendees can also enjoy one of Ginstar’s renowned burgers and a pint of beer for only RMB60!

Tue Jan 8, 8.30-10pm; free entry. Ginstar (Zhujiang New Town). See event listing

Wed, Jan 9: Guangzhou Long-Lions vs. Jiangsu Dragons 

Image via Sohu

This Wednesday, your favorite local basketball team, Guangzhou Long-Lions (16-13), will face off against the Jiangsu Dragons (13-16) at Tianhe Gymnasium. This week’s sporting event marks the Long-Lions’ first Guangzhou home game in about a month. The team played in Foshan throughout December at the newly finished Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center. Wednesday’s game is sure to be electric, as the Long-Lions are angling for a late-season push to improve their seeding in the 2019 CBA playoffs. Meanwhile, Jiangsu has struggled on the road, with an underwhelming 4-10 record away. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gymnasium.

Wed Jan 9, 7.30pm; RMB40-300. Tianhe Gymnasium. See event listing. Tickets

Thu-Sun, Jan 10-13: The Sound of Music 


Enjoy some fantastic family-friendly entertainment, as The Sound of Music gets a Chinese makeover. Watch Maria and her children frolic on specially constructed sets, built to recreate the majesty of the expansive Swiss Alps. 

Thu-Sun Jan 10-13, 2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB180-880. Guangdong Performing Arts Center Theater. Tickets

Thu & Sun, Jan 10 & 13: The Dark Side of Wine  


The Wine People invite Guangzhou wine lovers to partake in a fabulous wine tasting event this weekend at Social&Co, where a total of five food and wine pairings “designed to show you what works and what doesn’t” will be on offer. There will be two sessions organized on January 10 and 13 respectively. To secure a spot, scan the QR code on the poster. 

Thu Jan 10, 7-9pm/ Sun Jan 13, 4-6pm; RMB350. Social&Co. See event listing

Fri, Jan 11: Lululemon Collaborates with W Guangzhou in New Collection Release 


Yoga and running gear brand Lululemon will unveil its upcoming seasonal collection at W Guangzhou this Friday, offering a new line of stylish yoga pants and beyond for you to flaunt while practicing yogalates. The event will start with a 20-minute Zumba session and ended with a raffle game. RSVP via WeChat by sending your name and phone number to ‘ThatsPRDMKT.’ 

Fri Jan 11, 7pm. Woo Bar (W Guangzhou). See event listing

Fri-Sun, Jan 11-13: Mozart, l’opera rock 

mozart-l-opera.jpgImage via Mozart L'Opéra Rock/Facebook

Yes, it’s about the life story of the legendary Austrian composer, and there’s classical music involved, but not quite in the way you’d imagine. As its name implies, this French musical intertwines pop rock with classic compositions by Mozart. On stage, the juxtaposition of rock music and classical compositions and costumes serves to underline the timelessness of Mozart and his works. The two-act musical will be staged at Guangzhou Opera House this month. Be sure not to miss it. 

Fri-Sun Jan 11-13 (please note: this event continues daily until the 20th, with the exception of Monday, January 14), 2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB280-1,280. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Jan 12: Don’t Pass On This! Euchre Tournament

Image via Wikimedia

It’s been cold out these past few weeks, which means you might be looking for a fun indoor activity this weekend… If that’s the case, look no further than Bandidos’ euchre tournament, which will be kicking off at 1pm this Saturday. The contest is free to join and participants are able to capitalize on food and drink specials, as well as stand the chance to win restaurant vouchers to Bandidos. For more info, contact Rob on WeChat (ID: robturnbull). 

Sat Jan 12, 1pm; free entry. Bandidos Mexican Cantina

Sat, Jan 12: Wang Leehom

wang-leehom.jpgImage via 王力宏 Wang Leehom/Facebook

One of the brightest Mandopop stars, Wang Leehom has been active on the music scene in China since the summer of 1995, when he appeared on a talent show in Taiwan. The New York-born musician and Berklee College of Music graduate rose to prominence through the release of his second album The One and Only, the namesake single of which made Wang’s name known to every Chinese person who has ever patronized a karaoke bar. His rendition of ‘Descendants of the Dragon,’ a well-known Chinese song from the ’80s, added to his popularity on the Chinese mainland. 

Sat Jan 12, 7.30pm; RMB380-1,280. Haixinsha Yayun Park. See event listing. Tickets

Sat, Jan 12: Space Station 

space-station-1.jpgImage via Showstart

The South China-based post-rock band is touring with their latest offering, Home, Destiny and the Mist from the Beginning of This Century, which is a reflection by band members on the ever-changing art scene in China. The substantial use of slow rhythms and delays contributes to the band’s musical aesthetics, which are brilliantly demonstrated on their new album. 

Sat Jan 12, 8-10pm; RMB60-80. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Tue-Sat, ongoing: Ladies’ Night at The Connoisseur 

ladies-night-connoisseur.jpgImage via LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou

Toss on a pair of high heels, call up your girlfriends and head over to the recently upgraded The Connoisseur to enjoy a wide selection of exquisite food and drinks at the restaurant’s popular ladies’ nights, which run from Tuesday to Saturday weekly. Ladies can enjoy an appetizer, main course, dessert and free flow of sparkling, red and white wine for the extremely affordable price of RMB180, while after dinner they can also revel in a 50 percent discount on alcoholic beverages at Lobby Lounge.

Tue-Sat ongoing, 6-10.30pm; RMB180. The Connoisseur (LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou). See event listing

Daily, ongoing: All-you-can-eat Dim Sum

tea-5-dim-sum.jpgImage via LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou

During this festive season, the crack chef at Tea 5 is bringing a little extra flare to the hotel’s most popular dim sum offer with the addition of special Chinese New Year-inspired dim sum dishes. Immerse yourself in a unique dining experience and savor a wide selection of delectable and authentic Cantonese goodies. 

Daily ongoing, 10.30am-2.30pm; RMB108 plus 15 percent. Tea 5 (LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou). See event listing

For more things to do in Guangzhou, check out our Events Section.

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[Cover image via CHAI/Facebook, Guangzhou Long-Lions website, 247 Tickets, 王力宏 Wang Leehom/Facebook, Showstart]

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