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The best things to do this weekend

Featuring the Great Wall Festival, Africa Week, Run to the Beat and more

Great Wall Festival
Despite the blistering start to this week, this weekend's set to bring respite with a slight cool change (cool is a relative term, we're still talking temperatures in the mid-20s here). Make the most of the weekend with our picks of the best things to do.

Quick reminder, it's also International Museum Day on Friday! With roughly 100 museums offering free admission, it's a great opportunity to check out Beijing's weird and wonderful side. Get planning now with our handy museum directory.

Things to do

Africa Week 2018

This week sees the city’s first-ever Africa Week take place, bringing with it a fantastic programme of events dedicated to highlighting the very best of Beijing's African community, across the arts, food, business and much more. Here's the full rundown of the happenings.

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Art

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

The Beatles, Tomorrow

Critics' pick

Multimedia exhibition The Beatles, Tomorrow, retraces the career of one of the biggest bands in history. Visitors can view more than 250 newspaper and magazine clippings, vintage video clips of live performances, vintage vinyl records as well as a reconstruction of the Ed Sullivan Show set, featured during their breakthrough live performance. 

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

Film

A Quiet Place

Critics' pick

Like Aliens retooled as a militant librarian's fantasy, actor-director John Krasinski's relentlessly effective horror film thrives on a nifty premise: In a post-apocalyptic world, a family holes up in a farmhouse and tries to survive in a countryside where the slightest sound brings out deadly monsters.

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Cinemas around Beijing 18 May - 22 Jun Buy tickets

Avengers: Infinity War

Critics' pick

Aptly titled, the nearly three-hour Infinity War pours on the action – some of it grandly operatic, some of it breezy and fun – but mainly, it's about a big purple goon on a bling quest. Genocidal Thanos (Josh Brolin, ready to grumble) hopes to collect six Infinity Stones for his Pandora bracelet and thereby enact a purge of 'half of humanity'. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 11 May - 08 Jun Buy tickets

Megan Leavey

Megan Leavey tells the story of American marine Megan Leavey and her bomb-sniffing dog Rex, from the time they served together in Afghanistan, to the time after when Leavey struggles to adopt Rex. While the not-so-subtle American politics and flag-waving might be a bother, the core of this story is about the bond between a woman and her faithful, furry companion.

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Cinemas around Beijing 11 May - 08 Jun Buy tickets

The Young Karl Marx

This sturdy biopic examines the life of Karl Marx, and his journey from firebrand young journalist to eventual co-writer of The Communist Manifesto, alongside trusted friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels. A fascinating portrait of the fractious proto-socialist ferment of the time.

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Cinemas around Beijing 05 May - 08 Jun

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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