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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Your weekly guide to amazing events around Beijing

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Happy Monday, Beijing! With music, films and parties galore, it's shaping up to be another great week. Read on for our top picks.

As well as these highlights, there are many more things to do in Beijing this week: explore, enjoy and don't forget to Instagram us your snaps with #timeoutbeijing or let us know on Facebook what you really enjoyed.

Things to do

Clothing Swap Party

Clear out your closet in an environmentally friendly manner, by bringing your clean, reusable clothes, shoes and bags and swapping them out for new-to-you items. Or fancy some 'new clothes' this summer? Show up empty handed and pick out something you'd like.

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The Orchid , 65 Baochao Hutong 27 Jul

Explore the Tibetan Monasteries and the Gansu province

See Tibetan culture, Buddhist monasteries and temples, and stretch the legs with some serious hiking on this five day road trip. Highlights include the famed Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, the temples of Langmusi, and several long hikes into the high mountains in this remote and mountainous part of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province.

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Beijing Hikers , Building A, 4F 4012, 10 Jiuxianqiao Zhong Lu 24 Jul Free

Swing Jazz Night

Join Bookworm for its swing jazz night, where you'd be engaged in a series of social dances from Lindy Hop to the Charleston, Balboa, Boogie and Shag. After the trial class, everybody is invited to stay, enjoy and dance it out on the dance floor.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu Every Thursday
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Eating & Drinking

Easy Best Wine Pop Up and Dinner

Easy Best and their experienced sommeliers will be at Mosto all day to recommend flights, pairings and bottles - without the corkage fee. Easy Best's sommeliers will be bringing a gorgeous selection of powerful white wines, flavourful enough even to stand up to meat, while still light enough for the blazing hot Beijing summer

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Mosto , 81 Sanlitun Lu Every day Free

Nadaman Welcomes Guest Chef Takayuki Oshima

Renowned chef Takayuki Oshima, the Group Executive Chef of Nadaman, will come to Nadaman Beijing with a specially curated dinner set menu. With more than 45 years of experience in the Japanese culinary scene, Chef Oshima will present a special eight-course dinner menu featuring his signature creations including Smoked Salmon with Japanese special radish and vinegar sauce, salt-grilled kinki rockfish, and sukiyaki wagyu beef among other dishes

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Nadaman (滩万日餐厅) , 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie 23-28 Jul

SBZ-Party: Stone x Baozza x Zarah

Beer, baozi and pizza lovers of the world, unite! A match made in the hutongs, join Stone Brewing x Baozza at Zarah’s courtyard for the SBZ party. Go to Zarah and try the new fusion buns and vote for your favourite flavour. The new Baozza flavours will be available - either steamed or deep fried - as part of a special deal featuring two Stone draft beers, Delicious IPA and Tangerine Express IPA. Both IPAs will be 50RMB a glass until the kegs run dry. 

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Café Zarah , 46 Gulou Dong Dajie 27 Jul Free

Music

Ariyo-C Chicago Blues Piano Trio

Sumito Ariyoshi, aka Ariyo, is internationally recognised for his vigorous innovative piano style. He’s an accomplished arranger and sought after studio musician who's shared the stage and toured the world with such legends as Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Blue Note , 23 Qianmen Dong Dajie 25-26 Jul Buy tickets

Courtney Barnett

Critics' pick

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett most known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style performs in Beijing.Barnett's songs are wild, wooly and wordy, her lyrics plainspoken and delivered like she’s making them up on the spot. Catch the lyrical goddess perform some of her most relatable works on mental struggles, self-identity and feminism.

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Omni Space (疆进酒) , 9 Tianqiao Nan Dajie 23 Jul Buy tickets

Queen Suitcase

Fresh off appearing on the smash hit TV show 'The Bands of Summer', Queen Suitcase is set to perform in Beijing. These Taiwanese indie rockers dabble in everything from blues to surf rock, R&B and more. Come catch the ever popular band at School Bar.

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School Bar & Party Project , 53 Wudaoying Hutong 24 Jul

Nightlife

Headhunterz

When it comes to Hardstyle, it is impossible to argue that any artist has had a bigger impact on the genre than Headhunterz. As soon as his first records were released, his unique melodic and energetic take on the genre sparked a new movement within dance music. Join him at One Third for a night of expertly crafted tunes.

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One Third , 6 Workers’ Stadium West Road 26 Jul Buy tickets

La Social Sunset Party at Migas Mercado

Let off some steam under the summer scorch at this epic sunset party brought by La Social and Migas Mercado. Come and sip on chilled cocktails, enjoy south American seafood bites, take in some of the most iconic summer rooftop views in Beijing and dance the night away in the end.

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Migas Mercado , 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie 27 Jul Free

Suzanne Kraft

Suzanne Kraft is an Amsterdam based producer and DJ. Formally trained on saxophone, guitar, bass and keys but hypnotised by the one-man-band possibilities of producing on a computer, Kraft's work has been at the heart of a blissed out and slow motion revolution that has brought real beauty to the dance floor.

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Zhao Dai (招待所) , 19 Xinyuanli Xi Lu 27 Jul

Film

Next Gen

Next Gen is a 2018 science fiction animated film based on the online Chinese comic 7723 by Wang Nima. A friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl's life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots and a scheming madman.

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Cinemas around Beijing 26 Jul - 26 Aug

Papillon

Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri 'Papillon' Charrière forms an unlikely relationship with a fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega. Together, they attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.

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Cinemas around Beijing 26 Jul - 26 Aug

Shakespeare Drama Screening Night: The Tempest

Catch the screening of Shakespeare's The Tempest at The Bookworm. For those unfamiliar with this classic, the story is about Prospero, the former Duke of Milan exiled by the King of Naples, who uses magic to shipwreck his enemies. However, the King's son Ferdinand survives and falls in love with his daughter Miranda. Is revenge stronger than love? Find out at the screening.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , Gongti Bei Lu 26 Jul

Stage

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1982, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra is being steered by the current president Mr. Chen Chuansong. Over the last 30 years, the orchestra accumulated a large sum of classic repertoire both at home and abroad, sponsoring over hundreds of concerts each year. Catch the melodic repetoire by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Beijing.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 23 Jul Buy tickets

Zala Kravos and Benjamin Kruithof: Cello and Piano Duet Concer

Born in Slovenia, Zala Kravos was initiated into music at the age of three. At six, she entered the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg, where she studied piano, music theory, and harmony. At the age of four, Benjamin began to play the violin and switched to the cello the following year, receiving his first lessons at the Luxembourgian Conservatoire du Nord. Together, these talented musicians have come together in a performance like no other with a repertoire of Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov

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Art

Thousands of Cups

Come by to experience the history of life through cups. Dubbed 'the most interesting cup exhibition in history', the exhibition will combine the handiworks of traditional culture and crafts with the modern works of contemporary designers in one singular space.

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Beijing Quanyechang Cultural Arts Center , 17 Langfang Toutiao Every weekend , Every weekday
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