Chinese Cultural Events in Beijing – July 2021

While Cultural Keys can be considered your go-to for a variety of traditional Chinese culture activities, there are of course plenty of other fun and interesting cultural events happening around the capital every month!

Here’s our round-up of activities connected with traditional Chinese culture for July in Beijing!

Please note: Cultural Keys is in no way affiliated with any of the events or organisations listed in this article, unless explicitly stated. We offer no guarantee about the quality of any 3rd party events, and strongly suggest interested participants to contact the relevant organizers to clarify event details before attending.

Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall Day Tour

Date: Available any time
Location: Dongzhimen station 东直门车站
Start time: 8:00am
End time: 18:00pm
Price: 300 RMB per person | includes transportation, travel insurance, cable car, slide rail
Payment: Reservation required via WeChat
Language: English

Gubei Water Town surrounds the beautiful Mandarin Duck Lake Reservoir and next to the Simatai section of the Great Wall, the most dangerous yet majestic section of the entire Great Wall. Gubei Water Town, known as ‘Beijing’s Wuzhen’, has been reconstructed in the traditional northern Chinese courtyard style. You can experience unique local customs during the tour. website

Forests and Streams Resplendently Clear: Reflecting and Representing Nature in Chinese Painting “水木湛清华:中国绘画中的自然” 

Date: Ongoing: April 20-October 20, 2021
Location: Tsinghua University Art Museum, Exhibition Hall 10, 4th Floor 
Time: 9:00am-17:00pm Tuesday-Sunday
Price: 20 RMB per person
Payment: Prepayment required via platforms
Language: Chinese

Nature and beauty is an eternal theme throughout human art history. The way ancient Chinese people depicted nature reflects the nation’s unique values and views. From these invaluable masterpieces, you can see the special connection between the Chinese people and nature.

Crosstalk special sessions at Beijing Laoshe Teahouse 老舍茶馆相声专场

Date: Ongoing: June 28, 2021-July 31, 2021
Location: Beijing Laoshe Teahouse 老舍茶馆
Time: 16:00-18:00pm Mon-Fri | 16:30-18:00pm Sat | 14:00-15:30pm Sun
Price: 80/120/180/220 RMB per person
Payment: Prepayment required via platforms
Language: Chinese

This special crosstalk session at Beijing Laoshe Teahouse will be presented by a group of outstanding crosstalk actors. It will be an amazing opportunity for you to appreciate traditional crosstalk. Founded in 1988, Beijing Laoshe Teahouse strives to help people experience Beijing tea culture, opera culture and dining culture. Come to relax and laugh a lot! official website

Family (parent-child) activity: Exploring Chinese Shadow Puppetry 亲子探秘传统皮影艺术

Date: July 4-25, 2021
Location: No.24, Songshu Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Price: 228-288 RMB per family
Payment: Prepayment required via platforms
Language: Chinese

Shadow puppetry, a form of national intangible cultural heritage, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses opaque, articulated leather stick puppets in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images. You can admire fantastic shadow puppet plays, try out the puppets for yourself and learn how to make puppets during this family activity.

Chinese Lacquer Ware of the Qianlong Reign From the Palace Museum 故宫博物院藏乾隆朝漆器展

Date: July 9, 2021-Oct 12, 2021 | Closed on Mondays
Location: Hall E, 2nd Floor, Guardian Art Center
Start time: 10:00am
End time: 18:00pm
Price: 40 RMB per person (early bird) | 80RMB per person (full price)
Payment: Reservation required via Official WeChat Account
Language: Chinese

See the exquisite craftsmanship and magnificent colors from 106 invaluable pieces of lacquer ware. Enjoy the beauty of “Chinese red which does not fade” in the Palace Museum.

Romance of the Western Chamber 《西厢记》

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021
Location: Mei Lanfang Theater 梅兰芳大剧院
Start time: 19:00pm
Price: 80/100/180/280/300/380 RMB per person
Payment: Prepayment required via platforms
Language: Chinese

Written by the Yuan dynasty playwright Wang Shifu, Romance of the Western Chamber is known as ‘China’s most popular love comedy’. It is the story of a young couple in love without their parents’ approval. Enjoy the love story at Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing, which is named after the most famous Peking opera artist Mei Lanfang.

Traditional Chinese Painting – Beginners Workshop 

Date: July 18th 2021
Location: CK Culture Centre, Songzhuang, Tongzhou
Price: Adults 258RMB | Children under 12 158RMB
Payment: Prepayment via WeChat required (other payment options available)
Language: English

Learn about the history of Chinese ink painting and then try it out for yourself with an expert painter from the Songzhuang Art District. No experience needed! Dinner included.

Family (parent-child) activity: Make your own ceramic art 亲子陶艺

Date: July 19-31, 2021
Location: Beijing Porcelain Museum 北京彩瓷博物馆
Price: 288 RMB per family
Payment: Prepayment required via platforms
Language: Chinese

During this activity, porcelain professionals will introduce basic information about Chinese porcelain, and show you around the workshops. You can then make porcelain together with your children!

Have an event coming up that you think is suitable for inclusion in our monthly roundup? Be sure to email us at [email protected] and let us know!

What traditional Chinese culture events are you planning to attend this month? Are you attending any we missed? Let us know in the comments below. We always love hearing your thoughts and insights! 

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