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The best things to do in Beijing this week

Your weekly guide to amazing events around Beijing

Between Africa Week, WISE Think Tank and the Great Wall Festival, this week's looking well and truly packed. Read on for all the best things to do in the capital over the next coming days.

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

Africa Week 2019

Critics' pick

Kicking off this Friday with contemporary African art exhibition Art Afrik, Africa Week returns to Beijing after its wildly successful debut last year. Organised by Beijing-based social enterprise Kente & Silk, this year's festival features another fantastic programme of events celebrating and promoting African culture and achievements in China.

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Unspecified Venue 17-26 May

Beijing Horticultural Expo

Critics' pick

Officially taking up the mantle of the world's largest-ever gardening show, the Beijing Horticultural Expo kicked off today (Mon 29) out in Yanqing district. Working off the slogan 'Live Green, Live Better', the expo is reportedly China's largest international event since the 2008 Olympics and features a staggering array of plants, pavilions and interactive exhibits.

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Unspecified Venue 29 Apr - 07 Oct

Where to watch the final season of Game of Thrones in Beijing

After almost two years away, Game of Thrones’ final season is finally here. If you haven't figured out how to jump the Great Firewall to watch the series at home, we've got your back with a handy guide to all the pubs around Beijing that are hosting viewing parties – food and drink deals included – to help you toast the final season.

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By: Vincent Pung
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Film

Roma

Critics' pick

With his white-knuckle sci-fi thriller Gravity, Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuarón extracted an intimate character study from the vastness of outer space. Now he goes in reverse: In his deeply personal black-and-white marvel Roma, Cuarón presents a sober and autobiographical elegy about his childhood and the women who raised him.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 May - 14 Jun

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Critics' pick

When ace detective Harry Goodman mysteriously goes missing, his 21-year-old son decides to go find out what happened. Aiding him is his father's former Pokémon partner, Pikachu, and the two join forces on an adventure through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, where both humans and Pokémon peacefully co-exist.

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Cinemas around Beijing 10 May - 10 Jun

Art

Leila Alaoui: Ya Rayah

Critics' pick

French-Moroccan artist Leila Alaoui used her photographs and videos to explore identity, diversity and migration. For the first exhibition of her works in China, Galleria Continua presents Ya Rayah, the title deriving its meaning from the Algerian song of the same name, translated as 'O, you ...

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Galleria Continua (常青画廊) , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu Every day except Monday

Wu Shanzhuan: Today Became a Holiday

Critics' pick

Today Became a Holiday is a constellation with more than 200 paintings, from Hamburg, Reykjavik and Shanghai, that have arrived in Beijing over the course of seven shipments. The concept of logistics as a working method has been used throughout Wu's artistic practice, beginning with the 1989 piece Big Business (Selling Shrimps) right up till now.

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Long March Space , 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu 06 May - 13 Oct Free

Land of the Lustrous

Critics' pick

The summer exhibition at UCCA's seaside venue in Beidaihe, Land of the Lustrous pays homage to the most timeless of materials: stone. View art from ten contemporary artists as they approach the cultural and social realities of stone. 

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UCCA Dune , Beidaihe 23 Apr - 08 Sep
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