The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, May 20, 2019

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

Mon, May 20: Free Jam Night 

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At Zapata’s free jam night, a free drink is offered to every performer who takes the stage and jams alongside others. Show the world (or the patrons of Zapata’s) what you can do in front of the bright lights. 

Mon May 20, 9pm-late. Zapata’s. See event listing

Tue, May 21: ‘Doing Business in China’ Report 

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AustCham South China will present their ‘2018 Doing Business in China Report’ on May 21 at the HiTouch Consulting office on Huanshi Dong Lu. With the support of the Australian Consulate and industry experts, the panelists will share their insights on the report and their experiences of doing business in China. Light refreshments will be provided at the event. 

Tue May 21, 5.30-8pm; RMB150 for AustCham members, RMB200 for nonmembers. HiTouch Consulting. See event listing

Thu, May 23: Pompeya 

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Moscow-based band Pompeya boasts an eclectic sound that can only be defined as a blend of ‘80s music with disco and funk elements. Their music is described as “the kind of upbeat tunes you’ll listen to when you’re driving with the top down on a hot summer day.” Check out Pompeya’s live performance at T:union this week. 

Thu May 23, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 full price. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Fri, May 24: Rat Boy 

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Named as NME’s Best New Artist of 2016, Rat Boy (aka Jordan Cardy) combines alternative rock, accented British vocals and a penchant for rapping, making him reminiscent of the sort of vital rock music that brought Jamie T to fame. Catch him and his newest album, Internationally Unknown, when he arrives in Guangzhou this week. 

Fri May 24, 9pm; RMB180 presale, RMB220 at the door. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Sat-Sun, May 25-26: The Diotima Quartet 

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Entirely comprised of Paris National Conservatory prize winners, The Diotima Quartet was formed in 1996 and is known for reenergizing classic works by such notable composers as Beethoven and Schubert, the Viennese trio of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, as well as Janáček, Debussy, Ravel and Bartók. The quartet is regularly invited to perform at prestigious concert venues and festivals around the world. 

Sat-Sun May 25-26, 7.30pm; RMB180-380. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Sat-Sun, ongoing: Weekend Brunch at Gail’s 

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At Gail’s weekend brunch, diners can choose from the vegan breakfast salad with boiled eggs (we know, we know, eggs aren’t vegan, take it up with Gail’s); Cajun shrimp scramble; California breakfast burrito with salsa; toast with avocado, egg and mozzarella and Gail’s waffle with whipped cream. Enjoy unlimited refills of coffee and tea. 

Sat-Sun ongoing, 10.30am-2.30pm. Gail’s American Cuisine & Bar. See event listing

Various dates, until May 26: W Marche du Jardin 


From May 18 to 26, W Guangzhou is hosting a series of French-themed events at its restaurants and bars, including buffets, special drinks, a cooking lab and wine tasting. 

Until May 26, various times and prices. W Guangzhou. See event listing

Daily, ongoing: Forest of Life & Future Park  

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Billed as one of the top 10 must-see exhibitions around the globe, Forest of Life & Future Park is produced by teamLab, an art collective comprised of artists, computer programmers, engineers, CG illustrators, mathematicians, architects and professionals from various other fields. The exhibition draws on inspiration from light, space, animals, nature and more, creating a digital playground for visitors to explore and be amazed. 

Daily ongoing, 10.30am-10.30pm; RMB188 on weekdays, RMB228 on weekends & holidays. Party Pier Culture & Art Zone. See event listing. Tickets

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[Cover image via Pexels, Zapata's, 247 Tickets, Showstart, Consulate General of France in Guangzhou]

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