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MOPS Managing a Mom’s Emotions, Mar 27
Adults. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a place for mothers of young children to connect with other moms, share ideas, be inspired by speakers, and get equipped with resources to help them in their mothering journey. In a small group setting, MOPS will dig deeper into the topics using videos, articles, and discussion time to help turn positive ideas into personal practical application. RSVP at email@example.com. Free. 10am-noon. Beijing International Christian Fellowship.
The Unusual Life of Eleanor Liu, Mar 27
Adults. An interview with 97 year-old American Eleanor Liu who married a Chinese man in Nashville in 1950. Their union is part of Liu’s exciting life, which eventually brought her to China and gave her a front row seat to observe the changes in this country from the 1970s till present. Join the group at the next INN monthly gathering to hear Eleanor Liu tell some of her stories. Free. 10am-noon. The Capital Club Sports Centre.
Women’s Health Seminar, Mar 28
Adults. As it is easy to overlook early telltale signs and symptoms of some diseases, YCIS Beijing has partnered with the Hong Kong International Medical Clinic in Beijing to present a Women’s Health Seminar in honor of Women’s History Month. The seminar will teach attendees how to spot early warning signs through increased awareness, regular self-examinations, and health checkups. Free. 9-10.15am. YCIS Beijing.
The Tempest, Mar 30
All ages. You are invited to the livestream performance of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s story of the betrayal of Prospero; the bookish Duke of Milan who uses magic to try to reclaim what’s his from his brother Antonio. As part of DCB’s new partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, DCB proudly presents the livestream performance of this imaginative and enchanting tale. Free. 4-7.45pm. Wodehouse Theatre at DCB.
Beijing Writer’s Network Meeting, Mar 27
Adults. The Beijing Writer’s Network will meet at Zarah. The theme of the meeting will be Moral Purpose in Fiction. Bring work to share and be prepared to offer and be offered constructive and robust feedback. The meetings bring together creative writers from around Beijing and the working language is English. RMB 20 or RMB 10 (students and reduced income writers). 7.30-9.30pm. Café Zarah.
A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven, Mar 29
Ages 8+ The walk is led by a native English speaker, a trained historian who has spent over a decade in Beijing teaching and researching Chinese history. The walk will last about two to three hours and we will proceed at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for rest, refreshments, and conversation. RMB 300 (RMB 260 for members of The Hutong). 9-11.30am. Temple of Heaven.
3-Day Great Wall Trek, Mar 29
Ages 7+ This is an epic Great Wall trek that covers 4 fantastic sections of the Great Wall. First the group will hike the amazing Wild Jiankou Great Wall, the Wild Gubeikou Great Wall and finish in style with a trek from to Wild Jinshanling Great Wall, over the restored section of Jinshanling all the way to Simatai Great Wall. Both nights the group will stay at a local farmhouses with view on the Great Wall. RMB 2,800 (10 percent discount for kids 7-18, 20 percent discount for members, 50 percent discount for kids younger than 7). Meet at 9.30am. The Great Wall.
The Emperor & The Lama, Mar 30
Ages 10+ The Hutong will be hosting a walk and discussion at the Lama Temple and Confucian Temple. Join the group and walk among the ancient stone walls where emperors and royalty had once walked. RMB 300 (non-members), RMB 260 (members). 10am-1pm. The Lama Temple.
Gubeikou Great Wall Hike and Chinese Family Style Meal, Mar 30
Ages 9+ Gubeikou Winding Dragon Great Wall is one of the most original parts of the Great Wall for hiking. Viewed from a distance, the Wall is like a giant dragon, curving its path over the mountain peaks. The group will hike for about three hours and will also have a home-cooked meal at a local farmer’s guest house. RMB 500. 8.30am-6pm. China Travellers.
Reading Corner Kick-off Event, Mar 30
Adults. To celebrate the successful installation of a reading corner and exhibition of books provided from Frankfurt Book Fair collections, the German Book Office Beijing of Frankfurt Book Fair and German Centre jointly invite all book lovers for a networking and kick-off event. On exhibition and available for rental will be German literary works, as well as German titles on the subject of “beer culture – books on a German specialty.” Free. 6.30pm. German Centre for Industry and Trade Beijing.
Imperialism, Opium, and Nationalism, Mar 31
Ages 10+ The Old Summer Palace contains the ruins of Yuanmingyuan. Explore its rich history and walk among the Palace’s ruins with the Hutong on this visit through time. RMB 300 (non-members), RMB 260 (members). 10am-1pm. The Old Summer Palace.
Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Hike 1-day, Mar 31
Ages 5+ After the group’s usual local lunch, they will start climbing the sometimes steep slopes on a dirt trail that leads to the Zhengbeilou Watchtower (991m). It is a descent, 500-meter climb that will take about an hour. Your efforts will be rewarded as you will stand on top of the Great Wall tower where some of the most spectacular pictures have been shot. RMB 600 (10 percent discount for kids 7-18, 20 percent discount for members, 50 percent discount for kids younger than 7). 9.30am-7pm. The Great Wall.
My Cake, Mar 31
All ages. Enjoy Daily Treats irresistible cakes with different flavors for CNY 288 for 2 pieces such as Berry lollipop cake, Green tea lollipop cake, Cinnamon lollipop cake in March and Strawberry crepes cake, Green Tea white chocolate crepes cake, Durian crepes cake in April. RMB 288. 7am-9pm. The Westin Beijing Financial Street. (010 6629 7812).
Stage (Comedic Theater), Mar 31 to April 9 (excluding April 4 & 5)
Ages 9+ Stage, an operatic comedy, will be staged at the Beijing Comedy Theatre. It is a hilarious portrayal of a trouble opera company, including more than 20 different characters. While the production explores some of the stereotypes and foibles of Peking Opera, it does so with a loving eye. The language of the production is Chinese. RMB 94-827. 7.30-9.30pm. Beijing Comedy Theatre. (https://www.douban.com/event/28276348/).
Cliff Inscriptions to Jiankou Great Wall Stretch Hiking, April 1
Ages 5+ On this hike we will visit a part of the Great Wall which was built in Ming Dynasty, more than 500 years ago. We will start this hike the Cliff Inscriptions Natural Park, following a relatively easy hillside path to get to the Great Wall. The climb isn’t steep and it will take us about 50 minutes. RMB 450. 8.30am-6pm. The Great Wall.
Second Hutong Food Week, April 1
All ages. This time, the Second Hutong Food Week will last nine days (April 1-9), and there are 18 selected restaurants and bars with more 20 culinary varieties and special deal at each place. There are four parts this time, Food Crawl, Drink Crawl, Collaboration Event, and The Food Court Party as an ending. Prices vary. 10am-10pm. Multiple Locations.
A Walk and Discussion in the Hutongs of Dongcheng, April 1
This walk explores the past, present, and future of the Beijing hutongs. One of the capital’s most distinctive features, the hutongs have long been at the core of Beijing’s urban culture. This walk takes us through the hutongs of the Dongcheng District, once home to some of Beijing’s most fascinating figures. RMB 260 (non-members), RMB 220 (members). 1-4pm. Dongcheng.
Spring Camp by Imagine: Survival Camp, April 1
Ages 7-18. Making fires, building rafts, crossing rivers, making traps and tools, cooking fish, and building shelters – Survival Camp takes you to the great outdoors to learn what nature has to offer. All classes are taught by BSA-qualified (Bushcraft and Survival Association) guides with many years of experience leading survival camps abroad. RMB 650-750. 8am-6pm. Imagine Camp. (WeChat: Imagine24x7Service, 010 57394933).
Kids Writing Workshop, April 1
Ages 6-12. R3 Discovery will host a writing workshop for kids to boost their ability to share their experiences, communicate, and feelings. RMB 2000. 2-4pm. R3 Discovery.
Bricks in the Wall Hike, April 1
Ages 8+ In celebration of QingMing Jie, Beijing Hikers will lead you through roads and hill trails in and around tiny villages northwest of Beijing, making easy climbs on hill trails and a really steep and tough climb on a rather rundown stretch of Great Wall, with fine views the whole way. RMB 380 (non-members), RMB 340 (members). 8am-6pm. The Great Wall.
Hike the Great Wall Spur, April 1
Ages 9+ During QingMing Jie, Beijing Hikers will be visiting a remote stretch of the Great Wall that was completed around 1580 AD, during the reign of Emperor Wan Li. After a good long (some say tough) climb up a hillside trail the group will follow the Great Wall along a ridge, enjoying great views the whole way. There is plenty of Great Wall in this area, and on a clear day it is extremely picturesque. Price includes lunch after the hike. RMB 420 (non-members), RMB 380 (members). 8am-6pm. The Great Wall.
Westin Family Brunch, April 1
All ages. Westin family brunch at Senses highlight the most known Asian street food and beverages from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and more. Food and beverages are served as a gateway to other cultures, people and places. RMB 568-698. 6am-10pm. The Westin Beijing Financial Street. (010 6629 7810).
Little Pilot Family Fun Adventure, April 1 to 2
Ages 8+ If your children are interested in aircrafts and comfortable with captain or aircrew or such new experiences, then they are probably ready for boarding “Little Pilot” Family Fun Adventures! To explore children’s own ideas and make their own discoveries at LEGO hand-on lesson, DIY aircraft Cookies, airplane model assembling, visit national Aviation Museum and one of the best observation spot around airport Terminal 3, West Lake Park, and fully equipped Kid’s Center to add extra fun! RMB 1,395. All day. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport. To make a reservation: 6450 4747 (weekday) / 15611979131 (weekends and holiday) before Mar 30.
MINDS AT PLAY Presents: Easter Improv for the Whole Family, April 2
Adults and kids ages 6+ (Kids workshops for ages 6+) 10.30am-noon. RMB 80 (pre-sale price; scan/extract the QR code below); RMB 100 (at door) Please note that children MUST have a ticket to enter. Paper tickets will not be given; after confirming your reservation electronically, you can enter with with your payment confirmation link. All ticket sales are FINAL – no returns and no exchanges. Penghao Theater.
Best of Next Week
Spring Break Workshop: Gauguin and Exoticsm, April 3 to 7
Ages 10+ For the upcoming spring break, Atelier Art School has prepared a special workshop both in Sanlitun and Shunyi campuses. Students will discover the French painter Gauguin and his travel to Tahiti. During this workshop we will utilize a book about Gauguin’s experience in Tahiti. From the first contact between the painter and Tahitian culture, to his colorful paintings: learn how to Tahitians built their houses, boats they used to fish. discover exotic landscapes, wildlife and sea-lives. RMB 1800. 10am-noon. Atelier Art School (Shunyi).
Qing Ming Event from That’s Mandarin, April 4
All ages. Qing Ming Festival (清明节), also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day, is a day when Chinese people pay a visit to their ancestors’ tombs and bring offerings. At That’s Mandarin’s Qing Ming event, attendees will learn more about the origin and customs of this festival. And since Qing Ming is almost like a Chinese version of Halloween, participants are welcome to share some ghost stories from their home country. RMB 50. 7-9pm. That’s Mandarin.
Beijing No.55 High School Open House, April 6
Adults. Beijing No. 55 High School will hold an open house for recruitment and admissions to let more parents know about their International Students Section. Staff members will give parents a tour around the campus, answer questions from parents, and give a lecture about the IB curriculum. Parents of new and prospective students are warmly welcomed. To register, parents should send their name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 9-11.30am. Beijing No. 55 High School. (6416 9531, 6416 0723).
Beijing Playhouse Kids Summer Theatre Camps, April 8
Ages 6-14. The Beijing Playhouse Kids Summer Theatre Camp is the longest running theatre camp in Beijing. This year, participants, will perform Snow White, Three Musketeers and Alice in Wonderland with acting, song, and dance. Aspiring actors, singers, dancers, and musicians are all welcome. Some English proficiency is required. RMB 9,000 for each two week camp. 9am-4pm. Beijing Playhouse.
Children’s Magic Show, April 9
Kids will enjoy the ‘Magic Journey’ live action magic show, which helps children to discover the ‘magical world.’ With help from the audience, the magician in this popular show guides kids through a series of tricks and enchantments which thrill and delight younger audiences. RMB 100 to RMB 200. Legends Small Theater. (https://www.douban.com/event/28126370/).