Cultural Events and Activities in Beijing this September

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 September 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 contact the relevant organizers to clarify event details before attending.

Exhibition: If Two, Then One

Date: July 24th-September 12th, 2021
Location: Asia Art Center | Dashanzi 798 Art District, No.2, Jiuxianqiao Rd 亚洲艺术中心
Time: 10:00AM-18:30PM, Tue-Sun
Price: 30 RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via online platforms: (scroll down to the bottom and choose ‘小程序’)
Language: Chinese

For millennia, mountains and rivers, as the foundation of China’s landscape, have occupied an extremely important position in Chinese lives, in the cultural consciousness, and in the development of China’s entire history. Wang Shaoqiang’s three-dimensional, interdisciplinary, “science, history, and aesthetics” system emerges as the “post-landscape”, a humanistic, geographic, and philosophical experiment in contemporary landscapes.

Exhibition: Guangzhou Qin and Han Dynasty Archaeological Achievements

Date: From August 10th to November 9th, 2021
Location: National Museum of China 中国国家博物馆
Time: 9:00AM-17:00PM
Price: 398 RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: Chinese

The first Guangzhou Archaeological Achievements Exhibition is held at the National Museum of China. A total of 332 exquisite cultural relics from the Qin and Han Dynasties (221BC-220AD) unearthed in the Guangzhou area are on show.
WeChat: 国家博物馆

Exhibition: Liang Sicheng’s 120th Anniversary

Date: August 10th-October 20th, 2021
Location: Tsinghua University Art Museum 清华大学艺术博物馆
Time: 9:00AM-17:00PM daily except Mondays
Price: 20RMB per person
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: Chinese

Liang Sicheng is a well-known architect and educator in China, lead designer of the National Emblem and the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the winner of the National Natural Science First Prize, and the founder of the Department of Architecture at Tsinghua University. This tribute displays many of his drafts and greatest works, as well as explaining his contributions to China and both traditional and modern Chinese architecture.
WeChat: 清华大学艺术博物馆

Second National Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Date: From August 24th, 2021
Location: National Museum of China 中国国家博物馆
Time: 9:00AM-17:00PM
Price: FREE
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: Chinese

Arts and crafts are a down-to-earth art, highlighting Chinese characteristics and promoting national spirit. They have important aesthetic, technological and historical value. This exhibition displays the latest achievements in the field of arts and crafts, highlights the concept of “unity of heart and hand”, and interprets the artisan’s spirit of excellence.
WeChat: 国家博物馆

Introduction to Chinese Traditional Medicine

Date: September 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 2021
Location: 301 Unit 3 No. 39 International Wonderland, XingFuErCun, Xindong Rd, Chaoyang District 首开幸福广场
Time: 9:30AM-13:30PM, every Wednesday
Price: 3800RMB for 5 days; 850RMB for 1 day
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: English

Taozi Tree Yoga is proud to present the popular five-day, Traditional Chinese Medicine Training with Dr. Shelley Ochs. Perfect for digital nomads, entrepreneurs, tai tais, or anyone who has the weekdays to themselves. TCM emphasizes the importance of prevention over cure. In this course, you will learn the basic theories of TCM and how to put them into practice.

Red Snail Temple Photo Walk & Talk

Date: September 7th or 11th
Location: Meeting at Agricultural Exhibition Centre
Leaving: 10.30am
Arriving Back: 6.30pm
Price: 358RMB per adult | 158RMB per child 6-14 years
Availability: Max. 12 people
Payment: Prepayment required via WeChat, Alipay or PayPal (+5% fee – no account required)

Join Cultural Keys for a trip to Red Snail Temple and learn about the history and stories behind this famous temple. The price includes transportation, a meal and entrance tickets.

Guided Photo Walk: Red Snail Temple


Cultural Keys Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Date: September 19th 2021
Time: 2-6pm
Location: CK Culture Centre, Songzhuang, Tongzhou District
Places: Maximum 10 people
Price: 258RMB (kids 8 to 14 years old 158RMB)
Payment: Prepayment via WeChat, AliPay, PayPal (no PayPal account required) or bank transfer. Fapiao available on request.

Learn all about the festival during a presentation given by a native speaker, try lots of different flavours of mooncake in a fun blind taste test, paint lanterns with an expert painter, and top it all off with a dumpling dinner! The price includes all materials and dinner. This event is suitable for both adults and kids!

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at the CK Culture Centre!

Camping: Gubeikou and Jinshanling Great Wall

Date: September 20th & 21st, 2021
Location: Gubeikou Great Wall and Jinshanling Great Wall 古北口长城、金山岭长城
Price: 1690RMB per person | 1520RMB for members of Beijing Hikers
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: English

Hike the Great Wall and camp in a tower on this two-day Great Wall adventure. You’ll just need to carry your personal items, food and water. Enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Exhibition: Endless Shadowlands 

Date: September 20th – December 19th 2021, Wednesday-Sunday only
Location: Wind H Art Center, 31a Wanhongli, South Gate, 798 Art Zone 山中天艺术中心
Time: 10:30AM-18:30PM
Price: 72RMB per person | 55 RMB for early birds
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: Chinese

He Yunchang uses semi-precious Chinese jade to convey his interpretation of the Chinese landscape.

Exhibition: The world of insects and grass by Qi Baishi

Date: September 6th-October 7th 2021
Location: Beijing Fine Art Academy 北京画院
Time: 9:00AM-17:00PM
Price: FREE
Payment: Reservation required via online platform
Language: Chinese

The philosophical realm of penetrating world affairs is precisely reflected in Qi Baishi’s art of grass and insects. He used paintings to express his feelings about life in troubled times. It provides an excellent opportunity for the audience to appreciate and study Qi Baishi’s flowers, grasses and insects.
WeChat: 北京画院

Musical drama: The Orphan of Zhao

Date: September 12th & 13th 2021
Location: Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center 天桥艺术中心
Start Time: 19:30pm
Price: 99-880RMB per person
Payment: Prepayment required via platform
Language: Chinese

The Orphan of Zhao is a Chinese play from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and the first to be known in Europe. Telling the tragic stories of the sacrifices made by many people to keep the orphan boy safe, its central theme is revenge.

What traditional Chinese culture events have you heard about this month? Let us know in the comments below. We always love hearing your thoughts and insights!

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