7 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, January 14, 2019

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Jan 15: RuPaul's Drag Race Screening

Courtesy of promoters

Join Slow Boat at Side Street every week for a viewing party of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars. The fun kicks off every Tuesday with guest drag queens Miss Hymn and Siberia. The entrance ticket includes a free shot and you can enjoy discounted pints of Slow Boat’s S.O.S Belgian Wit inside. 

Tue Jan 15, 8.30pm; RMB15 (advance), RMB20 (door); Side Street, see event listing.

Jan 17: The Last Ladies with Bound Feet Photo Exhibition


Photographer Cameron Hack shares a collection of stories from the very last ladies left with bound feet in China. Stop by Zarah for the opening night this Thursday.

Thu Jan 17-Wed Mar 13, 7pm; Zarah, see event listing.

Jan 19: Mappa Mundi Exhibition

Courtesy of UCCA

Nearly a decade ago Qiu Zhijie began to plot out intricate maps of the relationships among his various artworks, starting his ‘Mapping the World Project.’ Since then, he has produced hundreds of maps that recall the ink and brushwork of traditional landscape painting, where he outlines a coordinate system of ideas, individuals, objects and situations. Visit one of the largest collections of his works to date at UCCA. 

Sat Jan 19-Wed May 15, Tue-Sun, 10am-7pm; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), see event listing.

Jan 20: Envy

Courtesy of promoters

Underground Japanese band Envy hits Beijing after a stop in Shanghai. The post-rockers have been making music for two decades and have since toured with Mogwai, Deafheaven and more. Catch their raucous gig at Omni Space at the end of the month. 

Sun Jan 20, 9pm; RMB200 (presale), RMB240 (door); Omni Space, see event listing.

Jan 20: Slash

Courtesy of promoters

Hard rock guru Slash touches down at the Beijing Exhibition Center Theater this month. The award-winning musician is best known worldwide as the lead guitarist of revolutionary rock bands Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. Since then, he’s established himself as a legendary solo artist. 

Sun Jan 20, 7.30pm; RMB680-1280; Beijing Exhibition Center Theater, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Weekend Brunch at Bottega 

Image via Bottega

Step up your brunch game at Bottega’s location on Xinyuanli, where they’re serving classic Italian brunch plates and Romana-style pizzas paired with free-flow Prosecco, spritz and cocktails. 

Weekends, 11.30am-2.30pm; Bottega (Jinshang), see event listing.

New Menu at Hulu

Image via Hulu

Hulu revamped their menu with some fabulous new additions alongside prized favorites. Feast in style on artfully prepared dishes like sweet potato croquettes, sea urchin, creamy mushroom risotto and tender flank steak – all superb options for lunch or dinner. Round it out with a sweet and airy mango cake or go for the luscious milk chocolate souffle. 

Daily, 11am-11pm; Hulu, see event listing.

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