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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

Photo: The Emperor Qianmen
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.

Things to do

Amazing Hutong Bike Tour

Beijing Experience specialises in hutong tours and this summer, it is organising daily hutong bike tours. Ride through the city's narrow hutongs and discovering its hidden gems. The tour is great for those who want to explore and learn more about the city's history and culture.

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Gulou Hutong Culture Centre , 18 Da Shiqiao Hutong 11-31 Jul
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Eating & drinking

Sunday Aperitivo Italiano

Critics' pick

Buona Bocca's new weekend wine session features three hours of free-flow house white and red wine, prosecco and lambrusco for only 198RMB. Those who purchase the free-flow deal will also receive complimentary nibbles. Perfect for whiling away a Sunday afternoon. 

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Buona Bocca , Xingfu Sancun Sixiang Xingdong Lu Every Sunday
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Film openings & screenings

The Lion King

We all know the story of the Disney animated classic, The Lion King. Watch it again, this time in a photorealistic animated version. The story remains unchanged: Simba, with the help from a curious pair of newfound friends, must figure out how to grow up in exile after Scar's betrayal and take back what is rightfully his.

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Cinemas around Beijing 12 Jul - 12 Aug
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Art & exhibitions

Tobias Rehberger: Blind and a Little Less

Critics' pick

Galerie Urs Meile presents Blind and a Little Less by German artist Tobias Rehberger. Following a major solo exhibition at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai (If You Don’t Use Your Eyes To See, You Will Use Them To Cry), Blind and a Little Less draws upon the Shanghai exhibition and delves further into the existing themes and series of works.

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Galerie Urs Meile (麦勒画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Anthony Browne's Happy Museum

Focusing on 162 original paintings by Anthony Browne, a surrealist artist who has won the International Andersen Prize for illustrators, the exhibition showcases vivid characters and absurd and humorous artistic imagination. Integrating more than 20 artistic scenes from creative photography to punching cards, it will be a multi-media image interaction and exhibition experience for all.

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National Museum of Classic Books (国家典籍博物馆) , 33 Zhongguancun Nan Dajie Every day except Monday

NBA Exhibition: Unstoppable Beijing

NBA fans will love this multi-level experience exhibition dedicated to the basketball league. It uses interactive exhibits, video, and imagery to showcase the passion of the league, its teams and players, going back to the league's early years and exploring the many ways the NBA has evolved since 1946.

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Yang Art Museum , No.6 Chaoyang Park Road 13 Jul - 13 Sep Buy tickets
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