The 9 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, December 4, 2018

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That’s Guangzhou takes a look at the best events of the week:


Wed-Sat, Dec 5-8: Art Box Fair 

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Get a head start to the holiday season with the Art Box Fair, offering food, drink and fine crafts from around the world. The fair will be held at the Poly Clover Plaza in Tianhe District. You'll find yourself tasting fine French wines, German sausages and pickles, Mexican sauces from La Costena, Di Martino Italian pasta and baked goods from Kishamoto & Ina, Daniel and Maiye Artisanal Bakery. For those interested in the artisanal experience, check out leather goods from local brand Piqi and fine European porcelain by Lladro and Spode. Do your holiday shopping to the tune of live music by award-winning band 42 km, who are playing twice daily during the fair. 

Dec 5-8, 7am-10pm. Poly Clover Plaza. See event listing


Thu-Sun, Dec 6-16: Chicago the Musical 

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"Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award-winning musical Chicago. With 6 Tonys, 2 Oliviers, 1 Grammy, 2 Baftas and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is “the sharpest, slickest show on the block". It's the performance you can always count on to give you the thrills and memories that only come from seeing a Broadway musical. 

Dec 6-16, 2.30pm/7.30pm; RMB280-1,180. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets


Fri, Dec 7: Annual Aussie Gathering – Christmas White Party 

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The Aussie community in Guangzhou is throwing a white color-themed Christmas party at LN Garden Hotel and invites you to join their annual gathering. Expect a Christmas-themed buffet, wine, beer, grand prizes and more. 

Dec 7, 7-10pm; RMB280 members, RMB360 nonmembers. LN Garden Hotel, Guangzhou. See event listing. Scan QR code on the poster to buy tickets. 


Fri-Sat, Dec 7-8: TNT Theater Britain – Macbeth 

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Founded in 1980, TNT Theatre Britain quickly established itself as one of the most renowned touring theater companies in the world. On this visit, the celebrate ensemble will present one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies: the one and only Macbeth

Dec 7-8, 7.30pm; RMB100-320. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets


Fri-Sun, Dec 7-9: Heel’s Kitchen

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A cheeky play on Hell’s Kitchen, a popular American reality show hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, Heel’s Kitchen will be the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou’s first-ever female-only culinary event. While men are allowed to attend the event, you won’t find any in the kitchen – all the dishes are prepared by talented female chefs. The culinary event will run from December 7 to 9 and feature an array of different activities and meals for hungry Guangzhouers to enjoy, including daily cooking classes, VIP lunches and dinners and three tantalizing afternoon teas, all helmed by one of seven female Hyatt chefs or a surprise celebrity chef.  

Dec 7-9, various times and prices. Grand Hyatt Guangzhou. See event listing


Sat-Sun, Dec 8-9: Strawberry Music Festival 

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Strawberry Music Festival, taking place at Chimelong Paradise in Panyu, features a vast array of musicians ranging from sought-after hip-hoppers to ethnic singers. Highlight acts include Scottish post-punk band Franz Ferdinand, Taiwanese aboriginal singer Hu Defu and Chaoshan folk band Wutiaoren, among many others. 

Dec 8-9, 2pm; RMB280 presale, RMB360 at the door. Chimelong Paradise Amusement Park. See event listing. Tickets


Sat-Sun, Dec 8-9: Kendal Mountain Festival 

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The Kendal Mountain Festival - a leading global adventure film festival - is coming to Guangzhou this week. With four incredible adventure themes, Kendal aims to create an unforgettable film-viewing experience that will ignite the passion for adventure within you, through the awe-inspiring visuals, stories and experiences of some of the most incredible adventurers in the world. Sit back, relax, and embark on a film viewing adventure like you’ve never experienced before, including kayaking along the wild Amazon river, limit-breaking free-style rock climbing and an 86-year-old skydiving grandmother. 

Dec 8-9, 1-3pm, 3.30-5.30pm; RMB129-389. Canton Tower. See event listing. Tickets


All month: Casserole Delicacies at Ming Court 

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A selection of heart-warming Cantonese classic casserole dishes created by Chef Chau. The casserole specialties menu features prize delicacies such as sea cucumber, abalone, fish maw and grouper, among other ingredients, which are prepared using time-honored methods. Highlighted dishes include poached fish maw in pumpkin soup, braised fresh turbot in clay pot, and braised assorted seafood and bean curd in clay pot.  

All month. Ming Court (Langham Place, Guangzhou). See event listing


Tue & Thu, Ongoing: Girls Night Out at Roof Top Bar 

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Ladies, groove to live music with your besties and party to your heart’s content at LN Hotel Five’s chic Roof Top Bar. Their Ladies’ Night features a set meal which includes an appetizer and a main from a sumptuous array of gourmet cuisine, as well as a free flow of house and sparkling wine (red and white), all for just RMB158. 

Tue & Thu ongoing, 5.30-9.30pm; RMB158. Roof Top Bar (LN Hotel Five, Guangzhou). See event listing


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[Cover image via Kendal Mountain Festival/Facebook, franz_ferinand/Instagram, Chicago the Musical website, 247tickets, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou]

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