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The best things to do this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

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Happy Friday, Beijing! The weather forecast may be looking fairly dreary, but there's still plenty to do in the capital. Check out our top picks for the best way to spend the next couple days in Beijing.

Things to do

World Cup Final

In case you've been living under a rock for the past month, just a reminder that the biggest game in world football takes place this Sunday. Can underdogs Croatia complete the job in their first-ever final, or will the French live up to their billing as favourites?

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By: Katie Cundale

Food and Drink

Beijing's best al fresco dining spots

If you want to spend even more time outside, make the most of the weekend's sunshine with a meal outdoors. Check out these recommendations and try out a new outdoor spot this weekend. 

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Joan Cornellà

Critics' pick

Spanish illustrator, cartoonist and artist Joan Cornellà is best known for his dark and surreal comedic comic strips that make clever, if a little absurd (and sometimes even offensive) social commentaries, and has amassed a huge social media following of nearly seven million. After a string of Asia exhibitions in recent years, this is his first Beijing solo show.

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Parkview Green Art 798 (芳草地画廊798) , D09 798 Zhong Er Jie 6-28 Jul

NAMOC: Hungarian Contemporary Art

Critics' pick

As part of the National Art Museum of China's (NAMOC) International Exhibition Exchange Series, this exhibit plays an important role in the cultural exchanges of China and Hungary. Presenting 99 paintings and 23 sculptures, the exhibit takes you through the contemporary art landscape of Hungary.

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National Art Museum of China , 1 Wusi Dajie Every day except Monday

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Critics' pick

From his company’s modest beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today, this exhibition showcases Paul Smith’s intuitive take on design, and the British fashion designer's journey in building his brand, as well as his evolving stylistic tastes.

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Today Art Museum (北京今日美术馆) , 32 Baiziwan Lu Every day except Monday Buy tickets

Olafur Eliasson: The unspeakable openness of things

Critics' pick

A retrospective of Olafur Eliasson's most iconic works, The unspeakable openness of things is the revered Icelandic-Danish artist's first solo show in Beijing. Encompassing Red Brick Museum's eight exhibition halls, visitors will journey through a series of large-scale immersive installations which playfully explore light, mist, geometry and illusion.

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Red Brick Contemporary Art Museum , Shunbai Lu Every day except Monday


Hidden Man (邪不压正)

Critics' pick

This crime drama pits spies and swordsmen against each other in 1930s China. A follow-up of sorts to gangster flick Let the Bullets Fly – which Chinese film buffs will remember for breaking box office records back in 2010 – expect sharp wit, political intrigue and plenty of action.

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Cinemas around Beijing 13 Jul - 17 Aug

Incredibles 2

Critics' pick

Superheroes may save the world, but parenthood requires skills far more advanced than extendable limbs. Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 – Pixar’s most spirited sequel since Toy Story 3 – lovingly expresses this certainty through a bighearted familial portrait wrapped in '60s-inspired design.

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Cinemas around Beijing 22 Jun - 27 Jul Buy tickets

Escape Plan 2: Hades

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's most impenetrable prisons. When his most trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ever built, Ray must track him down with the help of some of his former friends.

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Cinemas around Beijing 29 Jun - 27 Jul Buy tickets

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