5 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, December 23, 2019

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Dec 24 & 25: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day  

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wondering where to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season? We’ve got you covered with the best Christmas dinners and events. Check out our complete guide for the best places to celebrate at this year.

Tue Dec 24 & Wed Dec 25, various venues

Dec 23-29: European Union Film Festival

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The European Union Film Festival is the annual flagship European cultural event in China, presenting a veritable feast for filmgoers of all tastes, with more than 30 movies and 200 total screenings in seven cities around the country. The screening in Beijing will include some of the newest films of the year and several classics showcasing the artistic legacy of European cinema. For the full list of films, click here.

Through Sun Dec 29, various times; various venues, see event listing

Dec 28: Shuiquan Canyon Hike

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Join Beijing Hikers as they explore the picturesque valley of Shuiquan Canyon in Longquanyu. You can expect views of flowing streams, quaint villages, chestnut orchards and even glimpses of the Great Wall, as you traverse large boulders and little bridges. The approximately 10-kilometer hike takes around three to four hours.

Sat Dec 28, 8am; RMB340 (member), RMB380 (non-member); see event listing. For more info, visit beijinghikers.com

Dec 28 & 29: Avishai Cohen Quartet

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Talented trumpet player Avishai Cohen was named Best Foreign Artist in 2016 by Jazz Magazine France, and has been a featured soloist in a number of special ensembles. One of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene, Cohen has introduced a program of new pieces in 2017 with an exceptional quartet featuring pianist Yonathan Avishai, bassist Barak Mori and drummer Nasheet Waits. Together, the band is bringing the noise to Blue Note Beijing.

Sat Dec 28 & Sun Dec 29, various times; RMB300-380; Blue Note Beijing, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

‘Deep Cover’ Exhibition

Enrico Bach’s recent works tread a fine line between sculpturally plausible paintings and artworks that joyfully embrace their own self-sufficiency. With their casual references to real and daily necessities, his current compositions exude a surreal charm that you can enjoy through his second solo gallery exhibition Deep Cover

Through Tue Dec 31, 10am-6pm; PIFO Gallery, see event listing.


Have an event to list? Head here to list your upcoming event. We’ll choose the best new additions to feature on next week’s edition of ‘What's On in Beijing.’ Not sure where to start? Here's a full guide on how to list your upcoming events on our website.

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