6 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, January 28, 2019

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Jan 28: Mappa Mundi Exhibition

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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. 

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

Jan 30: Ballet Flamenco de Granada 'Carmen'

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Courtesy of promoters

With heart-pounding music and intense Spanish flamenco dancing, the classic story of gypsy girl Carmen comes to life on the NCPA stage. Flamenco itself is an artwork that combines dancing, singing and music – making for a glamorous and awe-inspiring audiovisual experience. 

Wed Jan 30-Fri Feb 1, 7.30pm; RMB160-880; National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jan 30: Taco & Beer Wednesdays

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Courtesy of promoters

Drop in on Wednesday for Pebbles’ signature al pastor tacos plus a Slow Boat beer special. Every Wednesday, enjoy two al pastor tacos and a pint of Zombie Pirate Pale Ale for just RMB60 or two al pastor tacos and a pint of Captain’s Pale Ale for Helmsman’s Honey Ale for only RMB70.

Wed Jan 30, 11.30am-11pm; Pebbles Courtyard, see event listing.

Jan 31: Capital Spirits Takeover @ Arcade

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To spread more warmth and joy, Capital Spirits is closing up their hutong doors on Thursday to come over to Arcade and take over the bar in true Chinese New Year fashion. There will be baijiu, including three special cocktails for the evening, along with jiaozi to ring in the Year of the Pig in style.

Thu Jan 31, 7pm; RMB200 (free-flow baijiu sours, Kirin beer & jiaozi); Arcade by Hatchery, see event listing.

Feb 2 & 3: Weekend Brunch at Bottega 

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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.

Feb 3: Roast Beef Sunday Lunch

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Image via Arrow Factory Brewery

What better way to recharge after a long weekend of parties than with a hearty roast beef lunch? Arrow Factory is now serving a traditional home-cooked meal every Sunday featuring roast beef, potatoes and homemade Yorkshire pudding. Get stuffed and then head home to take a much-needed nap. Add RMB30 for a brew, house wine or Prosecco. 

Sun Feb 3, 12-3pm; RMB128/person; Arrow Factory Brewing, see event listing.


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