6 Best Things to Do in Beijing This Week

By That's Beijing, January 13, 2020

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Jan 14: Yin Chengzong 

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Pianist Yin Chengzong held his first recital at nine years old. He has since won numerous awards, and was named the “most outstanding Chinese pianist” by the New York Times. In between his busy touring schedule, he has also been involved in piano education to promote future development of piano and young pianists. 

Tue Jan 14, 7.30pm; RMB80-400; NCPA – Concert Hall, see event listing

Jan 15-18: Three Phantoms 

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You’ve heard of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; now, be introduced to a never-before-seen interpretation by a stellar cast of acclaimed singers and performers from London’s West End productions. Since its 2008 debut, Three Phantoms has delighted international audiences with its fun, stylish, and versatile performance. Catch this musical at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center this week. 

Wed Jan 15-Sat Jan 18, various times; RMB180-1280; Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, see event listing. Buy tickets here.

Jan 17 & 18: Romantic as It Is IV  

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This weekend, China NCPA Orchestra is bringing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 to the audience with Lu Jia as Chief Conductor. The team recently flexed its wings on the international stage, receiving widespread acclaim for its performances at the Kissingen Summer Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, alongside many other global concerts. 

Fri Jan 17 & Sat Jan 18, 7.30pm; RMB100-580; NCPA – Concert Hall, see event listing

Jan 18: Hutong Haircuts for CNY

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Jing-A Taproom is hosting their annual hutong haircut promotion before the big holiday. From noon-5pm on Saturday, they’ll be setting up a barbershop in at the Longfusi taproom. Anyone who signs up for a haircut (RMB40) will get a free beer of their choice. Grab a bite with your beer, like the new breakfast pizza with bacon, sausage, egg, mushroom and a tomato & barbecue bean sauce.

Sat Jan 18, noon-5pm; RMB40; Jing-A Taproom Longfusi, see event listing.

Jan 19: Makoto Ozone  

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Jazz pianist and composer Makoto Ozone began playing organ at two years old, and by the age of seven, was an improviser before switching to piano at 12. As part of the 20th Meeting in Beijing Arts Festival, he will be performing classic and original compositions, including ‘Asian Dream,’ ‘Bouncing in My New Shoes,’ ‘My Witch’s Blue’ and ‘Three Wishes.’ 

Sun Jan 19, 7.30pm; RMB80-480; NCPA – Concert Hall, see event listing.

Through Jan 31: Enjoy Lunch or Dinner at Newly Opened BEI Commune Restaurant

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Featuring an inviting design and authentic fusion fare, BEI Commune has opened the doors to an exciting new eatery concept in Sanlitun. It’s more than a run-of-the-mill hotel restaurant and bar: BEI Commune offers an innovative communal dining concept that provides guests and locals with plenty of opportunities to collaborate, refuel and recharge. Meanwhile, digital elements seamlessly integrate smart technology and local culture, creating an energetic and dynamic social space for trendsetters and entrepreneurs alike. 

To celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening, guests can enjoy an exclusive buy-one-get-one-free offer on the weekday semi-buffet lunch (RMB158 per person, including free-flow coffee, tea and soft drinks). The deal is valid until January 31, along with a set dinner menu for RMB168 per person (originally RMB288), which includes a chrysanthemum salad appetizer, New England-style clam chowder soup, a quarter roasted chicken and more.

Through Jan 31, various times; RMB158 (semi-buffet lunch), RMB168 (set dinner); BEI Commune.


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