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The best things to do in Beijing this weekend

Your weekend guide to the best of Beijing

Happy nearly-weekend, Beijing! Here's to hoping your week so far has been spectacular and that your weekend gets even better. Help yourself along to a wonderful time by heading out to some of these events.

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.

Art

Yang Mushi: Vanishing into Thin Air

Critics' pick

Vanishing into Thin Air is emerging Chinese artist Yang Mushi's third solo exhibition in Beijing. The main focus of the exhibition, Illuminating (2018), is a series of neon light works that aim to challenge the individual to see how society's rules and restrictions impact everyday life.

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

Greetings from South Korea

Critics' pick

Greetings from South Korea presents a multi-faceted perspective of South Korean photography through the ages. Consisting of three parts, 'Limb Eung-Sik: History Through the Lens', 'Reinventing Our Time' and 'Same Seasons, Different Memories', this exhibition explores South Korean society during the mid-20th century, artistic influences from the West and contemporary photography from today's youth.

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Three Shadows Photography Art Centre , 155 Caochangdi Every day except Monday

Vision and Reflection: Photographs of China in the 19th Century from the Loewentheil Collection

Critics' pick

American antique collector Stephan Loewentheil owns the largest private collection of Chinese historical photographs outside of China, but this exhibition sees some of the finest return to China, to be exhibited for the first time in Beijing. 120 rare early photographs of the nation will be on show, featuring masterpieces captured in the nineteenth century by both Chinese and international photographers, among them acknowledged masters of the period, as well as unexpected gems by anonymous photographers and lesser-known figures.

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Tsinghua University Art Museum Every day except Monday
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Film

The Breadwinner

Critics' pick

Not every animation can tackle cruelty, injustice and institutionalised misogyny and still be a must-see for kids and parents alike, but the latest hand-drawn gem from Cartoon Saloon is no ordinary animation. Director Nora Twomey’s film is about the ways we try to cradle each other from the harsher realities of life. This is a day-to-day survival story that stirs the heart and fires the imagination. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 11 Jan - 15 Feb

Uncle Drew

Critics' pick

Dax (Lil Rel Howery) spends all of his life savings entering a street basketball tournament but soon finds both his cash and hopes of winning are gone as a long-term rival takes control of his team. When Dax discovers Uncle Drew (NBA star Kyrie Irving) – a basketball legend well past his supposed prime – he convinces Drew to round up his old crew so they can form a new team. 

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Cinemas around Beijing 11 Jan - 22 Feb

Creed 2

Critics' pick

The newest addition to the Rocky franchise (following on from 2015's CreedCreed 2 updates us on one of Rocky's most fearsome opponents, landing some solid punches on its conventionally satisfying route to vengeance. Starring Michael B Jordan, the linchpin of the rebooted series, as rising young boxer Adonis Creed, the movie knows all the beats it has to hit, and hit them it does, jab by jab.

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Cinemas around Beijing 04 Jan - 01 Feb
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