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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

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Summer's in session and there's plenty of reason to head out this weekend with a jam-packed line-up of awesome things to do. From pool parties and city tours to stomping gigs, make the most of the perfect weather and get out there.

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

Eating & drinking

Follow for Free Fries

Follow Burger Box for free fries. Yes, really free. Get fries for free at Burger Box from Friday, September 6 to Friday, September 20 when you follow Burger Box on WeChat

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Burger Box 汉堡站 , 81 Sanlitun Beilu Every day Free

Made in China

National Banquet Classics at Jing Yaa Tang Chef Li Dong is taking us on a culinary journey back in time to taste some amazing dishes at Jing Yaa Tang. From September 1, guests can enjoy this scrumptious banquet menu which includes delicacies like steamed mixed mushroom dumplings with Chinese caviar, crispy mandarin fish topped with sweet and sour sauce, and 8 hours boiled chicken soup with seasonal Chinese cabbage.

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The Opposite House , 11 Sanlitun Lu 01 Sep - 13 Oct Free
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Review: The Angry Birds Movie 2 outshines its prequel

 There's much to enjoy here. Co-writer Peter Ackerman (Ice Age) gives the script enough kick to keep all ages engaged, with nods to everything from Back to the Future to Dawson's Creek, while Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Awkwafina get most of the laughs from a generally impressive vocal cast. There are some questionable plot points, and it's no Toy Story 2. But this animated sequel is tighter, funnier and sillier than its predecessor. It's worth checking out.

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Cinemas around Beijing 16 Aug - 16 Sep

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw

An overflowing goblet of primo stupid, the gear-headed 'Fast & Furious' franchise actually has a mappable trajectory, away from street racing into gravity-defying heists and Hummers parachuting out of cargo planes. If you’re a ride or die for this kind of stuff, Hobbs & Shaw, the first spin-off, won’t disappoint, even as it strays even further into a fully unbelievable save-the-planet spy comedy

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Cinemas around Beijing 23 Aug - 23 Sep


Yesterday spins on a goofy high concept that blossoms in an average corner of coastal Suffolk. Jack (Himesh Patel, a real discovery) is a struggling 27-year-old singer-songwriter sick of playing to thin crowds. But his bright-eyed old friend and manager Ellie (James) is supportive – and clearly in love with him. The years of musical irrelevance end when there’s an electricity blackout across the globe, a jolt from the storytelling gods so absurd that you go with it. Jack is knocked off his bicycle and wakes in hospital to the gradual realisation that not a single other soul in the world knows who the Beatles are.

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Cinemas around Beijing 16 Aug - 16 Sep
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Beijing Design Week at Hotel Jen Beijing

Hotel Jen Beijing has collaborated with Beijing Design Week to launch a Jen-Why-Art project during Beijing Design Week from September 5 to September 25. Catch the work by numerous local Chinese artists in this unique art project which focuses on the dynamics between human and environment. They also give each exhibit a detailed introduction and voice explanation.

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Hotel Jen Beijing , 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie 5-25 Sep Free

Glazed country: 500 years of Portuguese porcelain painting

On display at the first jointly organised exhibition by the Palace Museum and the Museu Nacional do Azulejo are over 50 of the most exquisite works of Portuguese azulejo (a form of painted tilework) from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries, each work comprising of many individual tiles adding up to approximately 5,000 tiles on display.

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The Palace Museum , 4 Jing Shan Qian Jie (景山前街4号) Dongcheng Beijing Beijing 09 Sep - 07 Oct , Every day except Monday
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