The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, May 28, 2019

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


Wed-Fri, May 29-31: Swan Lake by Russian State Ballet

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Over the past 20 years, the Russian State Ballet Theater has remained one of the leading ballet companies in Russia, enjoying international acclaim. Its repertoire includes masterpieces of classical ballet as well as the best examples of modern choreography. With its elaborate costumes, vivid set and breathtaking stunts, Russia State Ballet’s Swan Lake promises audiences a world-class experience. 

Wed-Fri May 29-31, 8pm; RMB180-800. Guangdong Arts Center. See event listing. Tickets


Thu, May 30: Trivia Night at Fuji

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That’s PRD and Carlsberg invite you to attend a special trivia night at Fuji bar at Party Pier this week. Attendees can expect a range of head-scratching questions, from music and pop culture to geography, beer and current events, spread out over four rounds. Guangzhou quiz lovers will not want to miss this very special quiz, which will run from 8-10pm and feature prizes including fancy, imported wines (no Great Wall here, folks) and a voucher from Fuji (Grimbergen Blanche 40% discount). Entry to the quiz costs RMB20 and includes a bottle of Grimbergen beer. 

Thu May 30, 8-10pm; RMB20. Fuji. See event listing. Scan the QR code below to purchase tickets. 

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Fri, May 31: DJ Rikaya 

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DJ Rikaya has previously shared the stage with number of heavy-hitting and world-renowned DJs, including Afrojack, R3HAB and Pete Tong, among others. The last time this sorceress of the soundboards was in Guangzhou, it was to rock the mainstage of Corona Music Festival for a crowd of nearly 8,000 partygoers. This Friday evening, Rikaya returns to Canton to hit the decks at W Suns.

Fri May 31, 10pm till late; RMB100, including a free drink. W Suns Club. See event listing.  


Fri, May 31: Gay Hollywood Dad Documentary Screening

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The Guangzhou American Consulate General will be screening the documentary feature Gay Hollywood Dad by filmmaker Quentin Lee on Friday, May 31 at 7pm at the Lincoln Hall of Guangzhou Consulate. A two-time Queerty nominee in the USA, Gay Hollywood Dad is a feature documetary chronicling the first six months of a single gay dad juggling the responsibilities of raising his newborn baby by himself and making his means as an acclaimed independent filmmaker in Hollywood. Remember to bring you ID card for free entry.

Fri May 31, 7pm. US ConsulateSee event listing.  


Sat, Jun 1: That’s PRD’s Live Reading Party Spring 2019

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We’d like to invite everyone in the PRD – those who submitted works to our writing contest this year, those who considered doing so and those who laughed out loud at the prospect – to join us at Conrad Guangzhou’s Mg Bar on Saturday, June 1 from 6-9pm to celebrate our region’s budding poets, novelists and travel writers (and have one, or two, or 10 glasses of wine). Each finalist will read his or her piece aloud in front of an audience and panel of judges, including That’s PRD’s editor-in-chief, Matthew Bossons, Guangdong Radio and Television host Hazza and a special VIP guest who will be introduced at the event. 

Tickets are RMB50 and include admission to the event, light snacks and a free flow of soft drinks! Additionally, beer and wine will be available for free for attendees – while supplies last. Additionally, guests can enjoy a 10% discount on beverages at Mg Bar and two mini burgers for only RMB98. 

Sat Jun 1, 6-9pm; RMB50. Mg Bar. See event listing. Scan the QR code below to purchase tickets. 

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Sat, Jun 1: The Last of the Mohicans 

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Is imitation the highest form of flattery… or appropriation of the sacred? Alexandro Querevalú, born in Lima, Peru, and emigrating to Poland at 18, is firmly in the former camp. Dressing in the costume of Native American tribes, he performs earnest and soulful renditions of North America’s indigenous music. You’ll either resonate with the versatility, eloquence and emotion he expresses, or feel like shouting at him to take off the damn headdress. 

Sat Jun 1, 7.30pm; RMB180-580. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


Sat, Jun 1: The Color Party 

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At this party, organized by Ruische Ruische, talented guitarists and pianists – as well as a world harmonica master – will perform under the same roof. Attendees at this event will also be able to enjoy a painting workshop and/or a lesson focused on creating beautiful flower arrangements. Don’t miss this chance to let your creative juices flow in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Sat Jun 1, 5-9pm; RMB80. Ruische Ruische. See event listing. Scan QR code in the poster above to purchase tickets. 


Sun, Jun 2: Awfully Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou’s highly anticipated Awfully Brunch returns on June 2 from 11am to 2.30pm with a white theme. Inspired by the internationally renowned Diner en Blanc, the annual Champagne Awfully Brunch extravaganza will transform the hotel’s Grand Ballroom into several ‘live’ food stations and a cocktail bar – all decked out in white elements. Guests will be spoiled for choices, with bountiful delicacies from world-famous cuisines from Europe to the exotic shores of Southeast Asia. 

The convivial atmosphere will be enhanced by an R&B performance from a live band, samba dance and air ballet. Little ones will be entertained with games, a clip doll machine and many more enjoyable activities. 

Sun Jun 2, 11am-2.30pm; RMB468 per adult (includes unlimited champagne, wines, mocktails and soft drinks), RMB168 per child (6 to 11 years of age). The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou. See event listing. Scan the QR code below to purchase tickets.

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Daily until Jun 16: Pink Your Gin 

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Langham Place, Guangzhou is partnering with Beefeater London Pink Gin to offer a ‘Pink Your Gin’ pop-up bar experience where guests can discover their next favorite gin cocktail. There will be a selection of Beefeater Pink Gin cocktails, exclusively for Langham Place, Guangzhou, including ‘pink rose’ gin and tonic, ‘pink rainforest,’ ‘berry sweetheart’ and ‘pink power,’ all of which will be served at Portal and Sky Bar

Daily until Jun 16, 5.30pm-midnight; RMB88 per pink drink. Sky BarPortal. See event listing


Daily ongoing: Pompeii: The Infinite Life 

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Pompeii, the Roman city that was devoured by volcanic ashes 2,000 years ago, is revealing its secrets in Guangzhou. In concert with the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King is hosting Pompeii: The Infinite Life, an exhibition showcasing 120 relics that were discovered at Pompeii. It will be an “immersive experience, presenting audiences with overall societal life in the ancient city of Pompeii,” according to the Yuexiu-based museum. 

Daily ongoing, 9am-5.30pm; RMB12. The Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. See event listing


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[Cover image via Pexels, event promoters, Alexandro Que/Twitter, 247 Tickets

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