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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, things in Beijing are starting to slow down. Before checking out our guide to Spring Festival opening hours, check out the best things to do before the capital becomes a ghost town.

Food and Drink

Punch Pop Thursdays at Mesh

Head to Mesh every Thursday for your pick of punch bowls, cocktails and crowd-pleasing tunes from the '80s, '90s and '00s. To get the party started, their dangerously large punch bowls (268RMB) and special cocktails (68RMB) are buy-one-get-one-free from 7pm to 9pm with complementary bites floating around the bar.

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Mesh , 11 Sanlitun Lu Every Thursday Free

Art

Fallen Blossom: Whispering

Critics' pick

For his second solo show in Beijing, Giovanni Ozzola presents a series of photographs, videos and sculptural installations. The videos and photographs feature his common iconography: beautifully lit, carefully composed views through ruined buildings.

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Galleria Continua (常青画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday Free

Troposphere: Chinese and Brazilian Contemporary Art

Critics' pick

It’s not often that 21 artists from each of the emerging countries of China and Brazil are specially brought together. This show features internationally recognised practitioners as well as some impressive younger artists, all working in a variety of mediums across the large museum space.

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Beijing Minsheng Art Museum , 9 Jiuxianqiao Road Every day except Monday Free

Comfortably Dumb

Critics' pick

For the next step in his late-blooming art career (he was previously involved in business and finance in America), Zhao Gang, perhaps fittingly, takes over the only art gallery in Beijing’s CBD. A number of Gang’s half-surreal, half-tangible oil paintings find a fitting home at the space.

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KWM Art Center , 1 Dongsanhuanzhonglu Every day except Monday,Sunday Free

Andres Serrano: an American Perspective

Critics' pick

Known for his often controversial photography, Andres Serrano has earned high esteem from the art world and the public alike. In this, his first exhibition in China, Serrano presents photographs from across his three-decade career, from photos taken in morgues, to religious subjects, to undesirables.

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Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum , Shunbai Lu 23 Nov - 25 Feb

Film

The Greatest Showman

Critics' pick

In a year with no Baz Luhrmann movie, The Greatest Showman fills the gap with a big, brassy, unashamedly over-the-(big)-top circus musical. As befits an origin story for legendary American impresario, entrepreneur and snake oil salesman PT Barnum and his troupe of talented oddballs and outsiders, it's low on subtlety and high on spectacle.

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Cinemas around Beijing 01 Feb - 02 Mar Buy tickets

Happy Death Day

Jessica Rothe (La La Land) stars as Tree, the insensitive sorority girl trapped in this morbid variation on Groundhog Day. After being killed by a baby-masked attacker on her birthday, she then wakes up and faces that same day again…and again and again, suffering a different demise each time.

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Cinemas around Beijing 2-23 Feb Buy tickets

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Having survived robot-spider things and raging zombies, the earnest Thomas and his fresh-faced compadres are on a mission to rescue their one-time maze-running bro, Minho, having lost him to the shady white-coat corporation W.C.K.D. following a devastating act of betrayal by Thomas’ kinda-girlfriend Teresa.

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Cinemas around Beijing 26 Jan - 23 Feb Buy tickets

More things to do

Beijing walking tours

Discover the hidden streets and histories of the hutongs on these beautiful Beijing explorations

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