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The top 10 things to do in Beijing this week

Featuring Carl Barât, Vasily Petrenko and more


Shake off your Monday blues with our pick of the best things to do in Beijing this week. From brilliant stage productions to killer live music there's plenty to look forward to this week.

Carl Barât

Critics' pick

What became of the likely lads? Beijing gets to find out what one former Libertines frontman has been up to since the celebrated lad rock outfit fell apart back in 2004 – and then reunited.

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Tango , 79 Hepingli Xijie 20 Jul

Skyscraper

Critics' pick

All Dwayne Johnson wants to do is live in his Hong Kong mega-tower in peace – so why won't these terrorists let him do it? Sounds like an updated Die Hard, but only time will tell if Skyscraper can match what is (in our opinion) the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

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Cinemas around Beijing 20 Jul - 24 Aug Buy tickets

Xu Bing: Thought and Method

Critics' pick

Globally renowned for his conceptual and installation pieces, Xu Bing creates a space where viewers can immerse themselves within his world. Xu brings his keen observation skills to bear as he displays his unique insight, encompassing both a reflection on traditional East Asian culture as well as a nuanced view of contemporary societal changes.

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Beijing Symphony Orchestra

Critics' pick

Renowned for the depth of its western and Chinese repertoire, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra performs a programme of Leonard Bernstein classics, including West Side Story and 'Glitter and be Gay' from Candide, lead by acclaimed conductor Lihua Tan.

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NCPA , 2 Xi Chang'an Jie 21 Jul Buy tickets

Chui Wan

Critics' pick

Having positioned themselves at the forefront of Beijing's experimental music scene, the indie psych-rockers and Maybe Mars stalwarts return to where it all began after a jam-packed world tour. Excellent Shanghai rockers Dirty Fingers support.

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Yugong Yishan (愚公移山) , 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu 21 Jul

Dominion

Critics' pick

An exposé into the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, this Australian documentary explores the numerous ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, whether it's for food, entertainment, clothing or research. 

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Camera Stylo , 64 Dongsishiyitiao 22 Jul

Matt Davis

Critics' pick

Billed as not for the easily offended, American stand-up Matt Davis, as seen at Just For Laughs Montreal, San Francisco Sketchfest and more, comes to The Bookworm this Sunday to perform his brand of 'dirty but smart' comedy.

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The Bookworm (书虫) , 4 Sanlitun Nan Lu 22 Jul

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