8 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, June 10, 2019

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Jun 10-Jul 7: Mixun Teahouse Vegetarian Pop-Up Menu

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The Opposite House and The Temple House have teamed up to bring you a pop-up menu perfect for the summer. Enjoy nine signature vegetarian dishes from Mixun Teahouse of The Temple House, available throughout the month of June at Jing Yaa Tang of The Opposite House.

Mon Jun 10-Sun Jul 7; Jing Yaa Tang @ The Opposite House, see event listing.

Jun 13: Nomak 

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Since the release of this 2007 breakthrough album Calm, Japanese musician Nomak has been making waves. Combining traditional Japanese forms with modern musical techniques, his songs are marked by a sense of melancholy due to an inclusion of flutes, violins, saxophones and other music that fuses the old with the new. 

Thu Jun 13, 8.30pm; RMB150 (presale), RMB180 (door); MAO Livehouse Wukesongsee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 13-30: Wizard of Oz

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Whether you're seeing this Broadway show for the first time or revisiting it, the classic adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel and subsequent 1939 film will dazzle you in equal measure. This updated musical is set to hit Beijing this week with fresh, newly designed sets. Experience the timeless music and classic story of Dorothy as she sets off down the yellow brick road in search of friendship and self-discovery.

Thu Jun 13-Sun Jun 30, 7.30pm; RMB280-980; Tianqiao Performing Arts Centersee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 14-16: Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four 

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Based on the events of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes tale, Blackeyed Theatre aims to bring a daring performance to Beijing audiences this month. Boasting romance, comedy, original live music and unforgettable storytelling, Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four tells the tale of Mary Morston and the mystery of her missing father. Holmes is tasked with navigating an underworld full of deceit and lies as he works through a plot full of murder and stolen jewels. Blackeyed Theatre company has been presenting high-quality work across England for the past 12 years. 

Fri Jun 14-Sun Jun 16, 7.30pm; RMB80-380; Nine Theatersee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 15: Beijing Hidden Gems Bike Tour

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Hop on a bicycle and go on an off-the-beaten-path bike tour to see some of Beijing's coolest sights. Visit one of the oldest and most beautiful temples, learn to ‘read’ the history of a traditional Beijing courtyard doorway, sip drinks inside Beijing’s oldest cafe, stuff your face with quirky snacks and even join an eccentric swim club for a dip in a 12th century lake. End your morning with a well-deserved lunch at a hip noodle joint–and, if you’re lucky, check out a hidden craft beer spot for an award-winning post-tour pint too.

Sat Jun 15, 8am; RMB550; Beijing Hidden Gems, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 15: Fujiya & Miyagi

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With almost 20 years working together in the bag, British band Fujiya & Miyagi have inevitably gone through a multitude of musical shifts, had their fair share of critical hate and lived to tell the tale. Since they burst onto the alternative rock mainstream with their 2006 album,Transparent Things, they've inevitably been compared to German krautrock legends, Can. Their latest album, Flashback, sees the band more relaxed, happy to combine electronified strings with bulbous, pulsating electro beats. They return to China with a gig at Omni Space this weekend. Check out our recent interview with the band.

Sat Jun 15, 8.30pm; RMB150 (presale), RMB200 (door); Omni Spacesee event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jun 15: ‘The Deep Deeeeeep South’ Drag Show Brunch

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They’re back! Haus of Lily hosts another wild and extravagant show, this time dubbed ‘The Deep Deeeeeep South’ at Home Plate, complete with a hearty brunch buffet. Aside from a complimentary ‘welcome queen juice,’ there will be draft beer deals and cocktail specials on all day. Get to know some of the queens before the show in our recent interview.

Sat Jun 15, 11am-3pm, RMB250 (includes welcome drink); Home Plate BBQ, see event listing.

Jun 15-Sep 1: ‘Picasso – The Birth of a Genius’ Exhibition

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The art of Pablo Picasso makes its way to Beijing. This exhibition will see work from Picasso's first three decades – 103 pieces in total that include paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Specially curated for UCCA by the Head of Collections at Musée National Picasso-Paris, the event promises to showcase one of the true modern art heavyweights and his formative years. 

Sat Jun 15-Sun Sep 1, 10am-7pm; RMB60; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)see event listing.

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