The 8 Best Things to Do This Week in Guangzhou

By That's Guangzhou, December 23, 2019

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

Mon, Dec 23: The Nutcracker 

nutcracker-gz-ballet.jpgImage via Guangzhou Opera House

One of the world’s most popular ballet acts, The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, boasts magnificent stage scenes, amusing performances and emotional music. This week, witness the celebrated ballet performed by the Guangzhou Ballet at the Guangzhou Opera House

Mon Dec 23, 7.30pm; RMB80-480. Guangzhou Opera House. See event listing. Tickets

Tue-Wed, Dec 24-25: Festive Celebration at Langham Place 

Festive-Celebration-at-Langham-Place.jpgImage via Langham Place, Guangzhou

Enjoy an array of festive food at the award-winning restaurants of Langham Place, Guangzhou. Culinary highlights at the luxurious hotel include a buffet dinner at the Open Kitchen, Christmas set menu at Alfresco, as well as a themed afternoon tea at Portal. Santa Claus, live performances, clown magic shows and lucky draws will also be prepared to jazz up your dining experience at the hotel. Call 8916 3388 to make your reservation. 

Tue-Wed Dec 24-25, various times and prices. Langham Place, Guangzhou. See event listing

Wed, Dec 25: Lisa Ono 

lisa-ono.jpgImage via Lisa Ono's website

Japanese-Brazilian bossa nova singer Lisa Ono was born in Sao Paulo and started creating magical sounds with her natural voice and a guitar at the age of 15 before becoming a popular bossa nova singer in Japan. She’s been active on stage in New York City, Brazil and Asia. On Christmas Day, Ono will grace Guangzhou with a repertoire of melodic songs with a bossa nova touch, such as ‘La vie en Rose’ and ‘Quizas, Quizas, Quizas.’ 

Wed Dec 25, 8pm; RMB280-1,280. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets.

Fri, Dec 27: Hand in Hand International Children’s Music Festival 

hand-in-hand.jpgImage via promoter

Hand in Hand International Children’s Music Festival is a music fest intended for the whole family. Disappointed in the lack of new children’s music in China, Chinese singer-songwriter and author Liu Jian and his American wife Rebecca Kanthor created Hand in Hand so that their children, and all kids in China, could have a chance to hear the best live music for families from around the world and learn about different cultures through music. Hand in Hand’s Guangzhou stop will feature Grammy and Emmy-winning husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, as well as Hippe Gasten from Holland. Scan the QR code below to purchase tickets.


Fri Dec 27, 7.30pm; RMB80-560. Guangzhou Beilei Theater. See event listing. Tickets.

Sat, Dec 28: ‘Pliking’ in Baiyun 

pliking.jpgImage via @tropemwilczym/Instagram

Join Guangzhou-based hiking enthusiast and environmentalist Rhea on a ‘pliking’ trip! The adventurous sibling of ‘plogging,’ pliking involves both hiking and the picking-up of rubbish and is the perfect activity for those looking to stay in shape and help Momma Nature out at the same time! This time around, the pliking squad will be visiting Liupian Mountain up in Baiyun district. Meeting location is Exit B2, Yongtai Metro Station (Line 3). For more information, add Rhea on WeChat (ID: olanac). 

Sat Dec 28, 9am; free admission. See event listing

Sat-Sun, Dec 28-29: Don’t Touch My Hands 

don-t-touch-my-hands-1.jpgImage via Happy Box Theater

Don’t Touch My Hands is a children’s show, in which shadow puppetry encounters silent cinema. Combining humor and music to create a collection of stories packed with amusement, this shadow play is appealing to a wide range of audiences. Argentine puppeteer Valeria Guglietti is a specialist in shadow play performed with her hands, thanks to the enormous dexterity she has built up by playing the piano since childhood. Using only a single spotlight and both hands, Guglietti creates fantastic images that enact short stories reaching out to the imagination of the audience. To purchase tickets, call 186 6478 9884. 

Sat-Sun Dec 28-29, 10.30am, 4.30pm; RMB198. Happy Box TheaterSee event listing

Sun, Dec 29: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine 

national-symphony-orchestra-of-ukraine-1.jpgImage via Xinghai

Under the baton of Italian conductor Nicola Giuliani, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will stage a New Year's concert in Xinghai Concert Hall, performing classical works by Tchaikovsky. 

Sun Dec 29, 8pm; RMB180-880. Xinghai Concert Hall. See event listing. Tickets

Sun, Dec 29: Special ‘Year in Review’ Quiz at Morgan’s


Head over to Morgan’s Public House on Sunday, December 29 for the 2019 Year in Review Quiz. The trivia event will run from 2-5pm – you know, to ensure everyone is fresh and ready for work the following morning. The quiz will be recapping the good, bad and downright bizarre events that happened during 2019 in the worlds of sports, film, music and current events, among others. There will be prizes, of course, and the fine folks at Morgan’s are offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on Tiger, Asahi, Heineken, house wine and vodka and gin mixers. Looking to secure a spot at the 2019 Year in Review Quiz? Add Johnny Morgan (ID: MadDog1006) or Chris Robinson (ID: chrisrobinson8871) on WeChat to place a reservation. 

Sun Dec 29, 2-5pm; free entry. Morgan’s Public House. See event listing

For more things to do in Guangzhou, check out our Events Section.

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[Cover image via promoter, Happ Box Theater, Lisa Ono's website, @tropemwilczym/Instagram] 

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