The 9 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, August 12, 2019

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

Thu, Aug 15: Great Good Fine Ok 

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If you stop and think about summer music, synth-pop is a likely genre to start playing in your head. When the 1970s pop genre looked to be on its way out, Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok emerged in 2013 to offer fans their retro futurist works. Their single ‘You’re the One for Me’ from their 2013 EP was a hit and earned the band a place at South by Southwest that year. This week, they’ll bring their awesome tunes to Mao Livehouse.

Thu Aug 15, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 full price. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets

From Thu, Aug 15-Sept 15: Hometown Delicacies at The Open Kitchen 

shaanxi-liangpi.jpgImage via Langham Place, Guangzhou

Chefs from different countries around the world will bring authentic tastes from their hometowns, crafting signature dishes like Shaanxi's liangpi, Yangshou’s beer fish, New Delhi’s tomato omelets and apple strudel from Austria. Diners can also cap off a sumptuous meal at a made-to-order teppanyaki rolled ice cream station – all for a price of RMB338 per person. Visit the hotel’s official WeChat Store (ID: LanghamGuangzhou) for special offers. Call 8916 3528 for more information. 

From Thu Aug 15-Sept 15, 6-10pm; RMB338 plus service charge and tax. The Open Kitchen. See event listing

Fri, Aug 16: Gin Fingerstyle Guitar Concert

gin.jpgImage via Showstart

A fingerstyle guitar maven, Gin may have inherited his guitar prowess from Japan’s guitar master Isato Nakagawa. During his career, which spans more than a decade, Gin has played fingerstyle that combines folk, flamenco and classical guitar with stunning skill. The Japanese guitarist returns to China with his latest album It’s You, which includes ‘Sign,’ ‘Smile’ and ‘Goodbye My Love,’ – three songs that fans are sure to love. 

Fri Aug 16, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 full price, RMB220 VIP. T:union. See event listing. Tickets

Fri, Aug 16: Beijing Bikini Watermelon Championship


Bust out your sexiest Beijing bikini this week with Ergou Pub and Jing-A Brewing! We don’t actually want to see your belly, but you should definitely come celebrate Jing-A’s fantastic brew – Jing A Beijing Bikini Watermelon Wheat Beer – this Friday at Ergou Pub’s Taojin branch. Think you can devour watermelon at an ungodly speed? You’ll be pleased to know that this (otherwise useless) talent can be put to the test during our first watermelon-eating championship. Additionally, watermelon-balloon-blowing contests and a ‘pick out the seed’ challenge will put your competitive edge to the test. And, of course, epic prizes will be awarded to those who reign supreme, including awesome Jing-A Beijing bikini T-shirts, beer belly fanny packs, rounds of beer and more! 

Fri Aug 16, 8-10pm; RMB38. Ergou Pub (Taojin). See event listing. Tickets

Sun, Aug 18: Wu Muye Piano Recital

wu-muye.jpgImage via @吴牧野WMY/Weibo

Beijing pianist Wu Muye is eulogized as ‘gold finger,’ often performing for esteemed audiences around the world. Having picked up the craft at the age of 4, Wu has made his mark in the music world, even helping China and France strengthen ties by tickling the ivories at the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This week, Wu will take over the Guangzhou Opera House to play some of Schubert’s finest pieces. 

Sun Aug 18, 7.30pm; RMB180-880. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets.

All month: The 2nd Guangzhou Insect Art Exhibition 

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The animal kingdom is a world of wonder. The insect world is particularly fascinating, and – for some – decidedly icky. Learn more about bugs at the 2nd Guangzhou Insect Art Exhibition, where a total of 30,000 insect specimens and 5,000 live critters will be on display. Tours and lectures will be hosted throughout the event. 

Daily all month, 9.30am-9.30pm; RMB42/74/105. O2Park. See event listing. Tickets.

Ongoing: Mandarin Oriental Moon Cakes 

Mandarin-Oriental-Moon-Cakes-.jpgImage via Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

This year, Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 13, and – to celebrate – the Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou is preparing three decadent moon cake gift boxes with sophisticated packaging. The traditional-filling moon cake boxes come with four pieces and cost RMB298, while the boxes featuring custard filling are sold at RMB388 for six pieces.  Also on offer are four-flavor gift boxes (RMB398) that boast bold and innovative moon cakes such as lychee and raspberry, cherry and green tea, blueberry and yogurt and taffy and coffee. Yum! As Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important traditional holidays in China, we encourage you to snag your gift box asap! Call 3808 8886 for more information. 

Ongoing daily, 8am-8pm; various prices. The Mandarin Cake Shop. See event listing

Until Aug 25: The Route of the Sea 

the-route-of-the-sea.jpgImage via Guangdong Museum

This exhibition showcases over 400 select articles among approximately 140,000 relics discovered in Nanhai One, a Chinese merchant ship that sunk off the coast of southern China during the Song dynasty. Visit the Guangdong Museum to relish the craftwork, shipbuilding skills and navigation technology of this ancient Chinese period. 

Tue-Sun until Aug 25; free admission. Guangdong Museum. See event listing

Ongoing: Special Offers at LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou 

ln-hotel-5.jpgImage via LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou

Celebrating its 4th anniversary, boutique hotel LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou is currently offering patrons special food and drink deals at its Cantonese restaurant and rooftop bar, as well as room packages. Take advantage of the discounts offered at Roof Top Bar, where you can get your second cocktail or house wine for half price, a dozen of select beers for RMB450 or 10% off any bottles of liquor (except for Japanese whiskeys) from 5.30pm-1.30am. For other promotions, call 8931 0505.  

Daily ongoing, various times and prices. LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou. See event listing

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[Cover image via 247 Tickets, Showstart, @吴牧野WMY/Weibo, Pixabay]

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