The 10 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, September 9, 2019

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


Tue, Sept 10: Kanho Yakushiji Live in Guangzhou

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Kanho Yakushiji is awesome in every sense of the word. He is the abbot of a monastery in Imabari, Japan; however, when he’s not chanting Buddhist sutras, Yakushiji turns into a pop musician, infusing Buddhist texts with pleasant rhythms that are accompanied by an acoustic guitar and harmonica. Along with his musical partner in crime, Satoshi Yamamoto, Yakushiji formed Kissaquo in Kyoto back in 2003 and began performing their one-of-a-kind songs, such as ‘Heart Sutra’ and ‘Sesonge,’ in Buddhist temples. Touring China this month, this Buddhist-flavored musical act is too good to miss. 

Tue Sept 10, 8pm; RMB280 presale, RMB350 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Wed, Sept 11: Global Friendship Mid-Autumn Party 

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Partake in a meaningful Mid-Autumn Festival celebration which will be organized by Global Friendship and Easy Chinese. Learn all about the traditions associated with the festival and enjoy a traditional dance performance at the end of the evening. Add Global Friendship on WeChat (ID: GlobalFriendship) for more information. 

Wed Sept 11, 7.30-10pm; RMB100 GF members, RMB135 nonmembers. Easy Chinese Center. See event listing.


Fri, Sept 13: Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra 

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To the delight of classical music lovers, Russia’s historic Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is coming to town this week. The oldest orchestra in Russia, it has stood the test of time, performing under different names during different periods of Russian history. The renowned orchestra will play under the baton of Russian maestro Nikolay Alexeev at Xinghai Concert Hall

Fri Sept 13, 8pm; RMB180-680. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets


Sat, Sept 14: Softer Still  

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Often likened to Wild Nothing, Beach House and Galaxie 500, Softer Still have grown from a garage band to become a recording and touring group. With a nod to progressive rock, their new album, Nuances, is a collection of the four-piece’s timeless, classic shoegaze sound and features imaginative soundscapes. 

Sat Sept 14, 8.30pm; RMB120 presale, RMB150 door. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Until Sept 13: TWG Tea Moon Cake Gift Box 

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Luxury tea brand TWG Tea are offering innovative, tea-infused moon cakes that are sure to impress. These tasty Chinese pastries are coupled with a tea of mixed-fruit flavors, which creates a refreshing, lingering mouthfeel on one’s palate. This gift box comes with two moon cakes of different tea flavors and a can of tea leaves. 

Until Sept 13; RMB388. TWG Tea (IGC Mall). See event listing


Sun, Sept 15: Maximilian Hecker ‘Paradise on Earth’ Tour 

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German music producer and songwriter Maximilian Hecker is adored for his delicate voice and troubadour-like qualities, which leave a powerful impression on fans. From his very first album, Infinite Love Songs, to his latest, Paradise on Earth, Hecker has not only sung his heart out, but also played every instrument during the recording process. The talented musician describes his songs as melancholy pop hymns. 

Sun Sept 15, 8-9.30pm; RMB280. Mao Livehouse. See event listing. Tickets


Sun, Sept 15: Shunde Day Trip with Banana Tour 

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Shunde, a district of Foshan, is known for two things: its tasty food and beautiful gardens. This day trip to Shunde will take you on a journey to both! Highlights of the tour include a visit to a famous botanical garden and an artsy street, as well as lunch at a popular local eatery. Add Sissi on WeChat (ID: sissiliuxixi) to sign up. 

Sun Sept 15, 9am-4pm; RMB398 adults, RMB268 children. Meet at Zhujiang New Town Metro Station. See event listing


Until Sept 29: Buzz 

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Riveting illustrations and animations from three talented and imaginative artists are on display this month at Kui Yuan Gallery. Showcasing the artists’ distinct way of recording life and conveying thoughts, these artworks capture a transitory scene or fleeting moment elevated in a world of free expression – the mind’s eye of each artist. 

Tue-Sun until Sept 29, 11am-8pm; free entry. Kui Yuan Gallery. See event listing.   


Ongoing: Seasonal Afternoon Tea Set  

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Sheraton Guangzhou Nansha Hotel has prepared a seasonal afternoon tea for folks down in Nansha to escape the hot South China sun. The teatime offers guests special sweets, fresh seasonal fruit and other assorted goodies. 

Daily ongoing; RMB168 for two people. Sheraton Guangzhou Nansha Hotel. See event listing.  


Until Mon, Oct 7: Southeast Asian Feast  

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Three words: Southeast Asian Feast. There’s nothing quite like an eclectic mix of the region’s finest cuisines to excite your taste buds. Starting on Friday, September 13, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou will give patrons a glorious gastronomic experience with the help of Singaporean guest chef Ms. Jennifer Yeo. With selected local and imported fresh ingredients, Chef Yeo will bring the authenticity of Southeast Asian cuisine straight to The Market Café.

Open daily, (September 13) RMB378 per person for lunch, RMB688 per person for dinner; (September 14 onwards) RMB278 per person for lunch (Mon-Fri), RMB378 per person for lunch (Sat, Sun, Public Holidays), RMB478 per person for dinner (Mon-Thu), RMB598 per person for dinner (Fri-Sun, Public Holidays); free entry for children under 6 years old, half-price for children 6-12 years old, full price for children 12 years or older. The Market CafeGrand Hyatt GuangzhouSee event listing.  


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[Cover image via Kanho Yakushiji’s websiteMaximilian Hecker’s website, 247 Tickets, Sheraton Guangzhou Nansha Hotel] 

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