Staying in the city for the holiday? Don’t worry. There is so much going on during this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival. We’ve got you covered with a special guide on where to celebrate the festive season in Beijing over the long week.
Start the party early on the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival at the brand-new Aggregation Club in Sanlitun. The venue is throwing a ‘Disco Star Party Night’ featuring DJ Demone and Senders Chen playing funky hits from the ’70s and ’80s. Get ready for some major boogie fever!
Wed Sep 30, 10pm-late; RMB50 (presale), RMB100 (includes one drink). Check out more info and the location right here.
Enjoy a festive gourmet experience at China World Summit Wing, Beijing. Treat yourself to a brunch buffet at Grill 79, a Michelin Plate-awarded restaurant, or go for a fabulous dinner with friends at The Lounge on the 80th floor and take in the beautiful night view of Beijing. Taste the dessert buffet at Atmosphere for a lazy afternoon, or enjoy a warm family feast at the The Red Chamber, a Michelin Bib Gourmand winner.
Thu Oct 1-Thu Oct 8 (Grill 79 brunch only until Sun Oct 4); Grill 79: 12-2.30pm, RMB518/person; The Lounge: 10.30am-midnight, RMB1,288/3-4 people; Atmosphere: 2-6pm, RMB576; The Red Chamber: RMB580/3-4 people, RMB880/4-6 people. See a listing for China World Summit Wing, Beijing.
Get to Ying Chinese at InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun for a Chinese feast like no other. Chef David Lv has curated a delicious set menus ranging from serving two people to a party of six. Dishes for two include slow-cooked wagyu beef short ribs and stir-fried fungus with goose liver and basil. The four-person menu has a few more twists: malt-flamed whiskey duck and sauteed crystal shrimp with green beans. For six, dinner highlights include braised yellow croaker and green onion pie, fried beef with lots and deep-fried dough sticks, along with colorful veggies and fried chicken. Ying’s Dim Sum buffet will also be available from October 1-8 during lunchtime, adding some more tasty options to your Golden Week holiday.
Daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-9.30pm; RMB698/per couple, RMB1,088/four people, RMB1,618/six people. See a listing for Ying Chinese @ InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun.
Relax on a dream family vacation at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center with the Staycation package. Choose from a one- or two-day stay and give yourself some me-time with a morning yoga session. Treat yourself and your family throughout the day with breakfast at Signature’s and a pizza-making class at Via Roma. Workout as a family with a personal coach in a friendly round of squash or virtual golf leading to a relaxing traditional Chinese tea ceremony before the weekly themed-movie night begins. At night, the kids can go to bed in fun style with a peaceful children’s themed playroom set-up. Spend some quality family time this Golden Week with Kempinski’s limited time Staycation!
Available through Oct 8; starting at RMB1,199/2 adults, 1 child. See a listing for Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center.
Looking for a kid-friendly venue? Kerry Hotel Beijing has you covered. Take the little ones out for a celebration at Kerry’s Kitchen. The buffet features a great selection of Asian and international cuisine, featuring a variety of salads, mouthwatering BBQ, steamed dim sum and a seafood station. There will be an exciting lineup of activities such as a clown performance, magic show and a DIY cooking class. Opt for the buffet deal and get two hours of access to Adventure Zone, an indoor retreat for curious explorers.
Daily, 11.30am-2pm, 5.30-9pm. See a listing for Kerry’s Kitchen @ Kerry Hotel Beijing.
Rive Gauche has launched a new menu full of Parisian delights for something different this holiday season. Embracing nostalgia, Chef Ivan Miguez has whipped up a menu of classic French bistro favorites and sophisticated Parisian bistronomy. Highlights include escargots, braised and sliced pig ears on top of homemade bread, seasoned with Dijon mustard and parsley, imported French skate delicately flavored with white miso and pomegranate, juicy duck breast with crushed sweet potato and finally, pistachio mousse with a hint of mint and a strawberry center. This sensational meal is sure to impress the folks!
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Before dinner, brush up on some history. Head to Forbidden City to check out the latest exhibition ‘Everlasting Splendor: Six Centuries at the Forbidden City.’ The fascinating exhibition of over 450 cultural relics and historical photographs takes up all three halls, so give yourself time to take it all in.
Daily through Nov 15, 8.30am-5pm (last entry at 4:10pm); free with general admission ticket. See a listing for Forbidden City.
Techno club Wigwam has a stacked lineup for the long holiday week featuring everything electronic from dark disco and dub-techno to acid and minimal house. Check out the full list of talented DJs right here.
Wed Sep 30-Wed Oct 7; various times. See a listing for Wigwam.
Don’t miss out on M Woods’ Yes! Art Festival from October 1-5. Set in 798 Art Zone, the festival will include art exhibitions by several galleries, independent artists, brands and art institutes. Follow the festival’s official WeChat account (YESArtFestival) for the full lineup.
Thu Oct 1-Mon Oct 5, 11am-8pm. See a listing for M Woods @ 798 Art Zone.
Stick around 798 for another exhibition at UCCA: ‘Immaterial/Re-material: A Brief History of Computing Art.’ The focus is tracing the past, present and future of digital art. There will be over 70 artworks by more than 30 different artists from all around the globe.
Stop by a fascinating film exhibition titled ‘Before Light in Motion’ at IOMA in 798. The art showcase will feature artful snapshots and a behind-the-scenes look of popular films like The Terminator, Harry Potter, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shape of Water and more.
Daily through March 14. Check out more info and the location right here.
Catch a unique music performance in 798! The Modular Commune, a series of events showcasing electronic instruments and modular synths, is popping up in Beijing every two months. A lively demonstration will take place between 3-6pm, and the live music session will start after 8pm. Follow the organizers on Instagram (@modularcommune) to stay updated.
Sat Oct 3-Mon Oct 5, 3-9pm. Check out more info and the location right here.
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