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11 things to do by yourself on Singles' Day

Celebrate your independence without spending all the cash

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November 11 officially marks Singles' Day, the one day of the year where single folks celebrate their independence, usually by hunting for the best bargains online. Non-single folk, too, and they all come together to create a rather OTT ode to consumerism in which spending records grow to ever more gross figures.

Anyhow, for those of you, however, who find the idea of spending your Sunday glued to your phone mildly distasteful, we've put together some alternatives to inspire you to get out there and explore the city. And the best part? Most of them are completely free. Shake off the consumer shackles as you celebrate your singledom.
1
Take a stroll in a park

Take a stroll in a park

What better way to spend a day celebrating singular things than amongst trees, nature's natural number one? 

Beijing is host to some truly amazing parks, all of which are perfect for single-strolls. Check out our roundup of some of the best, with special shout outs to Beihai Park, Jingshan Park and the Olympic Forest Park as beautiful spots for some solo wandering, if you haven't made it out to them yet. Or do it again. 

And if you're looking for greenery but want to go a bit further afield, take a look at these parks you can get to on a day trip. 

2
Visit a museum

Visit a museum

Obviously one of the best ways to treat yourself well is to enrich your mind. So head out to one of the many museums in Beijing this weekend to learn more about a whole variety of things, including Beijing (obvs), natural history, urban planning, classic books, or really anything else you can think of... including lost love


Most (but not all) of the museums are free, or charge very little, but make sure to take your passport along! 

4
Listen to music

Listen to music

Whether you're after jazz, hip-hop, punk or anything in between, there's never any shortage of live music to see in Beijing. Gulou institution Temple Bar generally has free entry and stays open well into the early morn, and for the biggest stage productions, check out our Time Out tickets page for an easy way to nab tickets to see the bigger names. 

If you're looking for free entry for jazz this Singles' Day, head to Modernista for their Sunday jazz sesh.  

5
Go on your own walking tour

Go on your own walking tour

Tours might be awkward if you feel like you've joined a group of happy family travellers and you don't understand their inside jokes. Well, there's no chance of that if you're taking your own tour! 


For foodies, walk the streets in search of delicacies galore and tasty tipples to follow them up. Bikers, head to these routes for a different perspective of the city, or for walkers and less-enthusiastic exercisers, just follow one of these walks to take you to some part of the city you have yet to explore. 

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Test yourself

Test yourself

After pampering your body, why not pamper your mind with something that challenges those neurons. Every Sunday, The Bookworm hosts two events that are perfect for singles (or couples). 


If you want to get better at public speaking, the local Toastmasters club meets at 10am, where you can go along to join up and enhance your self-confidence through learning ways to better communicate and voice your thoughts. 

For those wanting to brush up on your Russian, join in the Russian game night for a Sunday night based on the famous game show What? Where? When?.

7
Browse those books

Browse those books

'What books?' you say, looking at us like we have two heads and no eyes. Well, dear readers, in case you haven't been there yet, Page One in Qianmen (pictured) has not only shelf upon shelf of books, but also this rather incredible view out towards Tiananmen Square. So now you can spend the day alone browsing for the perfect book to soothe your soul while also looking at some of the best architecture this city has to offer. We like to call that two bests with one single. 

There are many other bookstores out there, of course, with both foreign language and Chinese stores to browse. Or perhaps you want to minimise human interaction altogether, in which case browse books at this unmanned bookstore

8
Listen and learn

Listen and learn

Spend your day in the company of whatever you listen to the internet on and learn even more about China with our pick of the pods. Whether you're into news, history or language, there's something for you. Or find one of these books to read and become the China history buff you've always wanted to be. 

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Preserve yourself

Preserve yourself

Another great way to treat yourself? Treat your body to some good old exercise. There are some great running tracks in Beijing, as well as the aforementioned parks, and some alternative ways to work out, if you're really not into pounding the pavement. 

10
Treat yourself on the cheap

Treat yourself on the cheap

If you can't quite get over the Singles' Day sales and the commercial lure of the shopping gods, then why not head out to somewhere a bit cheaper. Check out our favourite buys from Miniso-esque Nome or head to one of these wet markets for some real bargains on your cooking needs. 

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Stay on the couch

Stay on the couch

Finally, if you’ve taken a look at this list and really can’t be arsed doing anything more intensive than binge-watching your favourite TV shows or the best LGBT movies of all time, then make sure you’re at least well-fed by ordering in all the food you can get your hands on. Check out our list of healthy meal delivery services in Beijing (or don't, we're not judging) and you won't have to leave the comfort of your home all weekend. 


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