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Beijing 798 Art Zone

Attraction 4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, China Published on: 01-08-2016

Rating

Time to visit

2 hours

Opening hours

10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Should visit at

02:00 PM

Should leave before

04:00 PM

Good for travellers

First-time visit

Category

Attraction
Cultural
Educational
Family
Historic
People watching (street)
Must see
Art

Price range

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Beijing 798 Art Zone is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Beijing 798 Art Zone is famous for unique art exhibition and special workshop. It’s one of the top 22 most famous landmarks in the world.

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Why Beijing 798 Art Zone is special ?

Beijing 798 Art Zone is named after the 798 factory which was built in 1950s, It is located in the northeast corner of the city. The Dashanzi Art District (DAD) is its another name as it sits in Dashanzi zone. The Beijing 798 Art Zone covers an area of 0.6 square kilometer, with Jiuxianqiao Road to its west, Beijing-Baotou railway to its east, Jiangtai Road to its south and Jiuxianqiao Road North to its north. Characterized by modern art, the art zone has become the exhibition center of Chinese culture and art, and also the world- famous cultural and creative industries centralized area .


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What to explore at Beijing 798 Art Zone?

798 Art District

Dashanzi Art District (798 Art District) 798 Photo Gallery

Most of the photos are developed by the owner Chen Guangjun himself. Photos exhibited here are hard to see at other places.

798 Space

798 Space mainly provides venues for press conferences, fashion shows and other activities. One thing that must be mentioned here is that since the buildings of 798 Space follow the Bauhaus style, the roofs of the buildings are curved serrated, which is even rare to see in Germany.

Lord of Salt

This restaurant is known for its authentic Sichuan dishes. The chef comes from a little place in Sichuan Province, and his cuisine has an authentic Sichuan flavor. Spiced chicken with a wonderful taste is his specialty.

AT CAFÉ

Italian coffee is featured at this café. The owner Huang Rui believes that his coffee is much better than Starbucks'. Pizza and sandwiches are also good choices.

Long March Cultural Communication Centre

The owner is Lu Jie, a famous contemporary artist. In this centre, you can see the record of one of his early events in which he led a group of artists following the Long March route and communicating with the local artists. Folk art exhibitions here will also arouse your interest. Paper cuts done by Gao Fenglian, an old folk artist, cover all the walls.

Statue on the street in 798

Statue on the street in 798 VINCENT CAFÉ (French)

It is the best little family-style restaurant here. The French owner Vincent, who started to learn cooking and management at the age of fifteen in France, used to be the chief manager in a famous French restaurant in the city. He is good at making sweet and savory pancakes. You can choose meat and vegetable filling or ice cream and fruit filling. SHOOTER (three different alcoholic drinks mix in a small cup) is also his spectacular creation.

Many other interesting places are awaiting you, and the great charm of it only can be felt when you wander here.

How to get to Beijing 798 Art Zone?

By Car:

Enter the Airport Expressway via the Sanyuan Bridge or Siyuan Bridge, and leave the expressway at the Jiuxianqiao Road Exit.

By Subway:

Take Subway Line 10 and alight at Sanyuanqiao Station. Leave from Exit C and find the Sanyuanqiao Bus Stop. Get on Bus 401 and off at Dashanzi Lukou Nan (Dashanzi Road Crossing South) Station.

By Bus:

Take Bus No. 401, 402, 405, 445, 909, 946, 955, 973, 988, or 991 to Dashanzi Road Crossing South or Wangyefen Stop.

Source: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/

Selling points

  • Contemporary Art Zone
  • Excellent Arts Village
  • Peaceful artistic place in the afternoon
  • Unique art exhibition and special workshop
  • Famous landmarks throughout the world
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Duration
4.0 days
Estimated
143.03 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
12 places

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Tips for you

  • It will take more than twenty minutes to walk around the Art Zone.
    Experience
  • When night falls, the zone is poorly lit.
    Experience
  • You can buy a map at galleries or bars, or just wander.
    Things to do
  • If you are tired, enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the many coffee shop
    Things to do
  • The art zone provides guide service. During the art festival, there are also volunteers to be your travel guides.
    Service
  • There are many galleries and shops in the area. Take your time to wander and discover.
    What to see
  • In the summertime, the area is usually crowded with photographers
    Photography
  • If you are serious about taking pictures, try to get here in early morning when there are hardly any visitors.
    Photography
  • Taxis are not allowed to drive into the zone.
    Rule
  • It is located at No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015, China.
    Location
  • You can either take a taxi or bus to here.
    Transportation

Reviews

FourSquare View more

Nice place with a few art galleries you can visit.

TripAdvisor View more

I've come through the Art Zone many times, just passing through, or spending a few hours sightseeing, or getting something to eat or drink. Worth noting that almost all the galleries and exhibits are of Chinese Contemporary art. In many ways, Chinese Contemporary art to me is as equally incomprehensible as western art, so there's not a lot that would tell you that you're looking at a Chinese artist merely by looking at his/her work. That said, i'm still into Abstract Expressionism (Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still,etc), and I found plenty to look at across the 10-20 galleries that are in the Zone. Most of the galleries are free to enter. A few charge a nominal fee. If you wanted to spend a couple of hours in the Zone, you could do that just looking at the galleries. But if you had a day, you could start the morning eating at the street food stands near the entrance, then look at the galleries as they open, and the workers start coming to their offices (mixed into the Art Zone area are still a couple of working factories and office buildings that have nothing to do with the galleries). There's the old steam locomotive that is near the center southwestern part of the Art Zone, and you could just get a lay of the place. As the galleries open, and more people show up, you could wander from gallery to gallery and see which pieces you like. Toward the lunch, and the end of the day, you can eat at any of the restaurants that are in or border the Zone.There are also a number of craft shops, and souvenir places for the typical Chinese things, as well as restaurants of varying quality serving multiple types of food. If you're into any kind of art, or are just looking for a way to do something without spending a lot of money, or want a free activity to do that's more than just window shopping at the mall, the Art Zone is a good place to go.BTW, if you're a guy, there are enough public restrooms available to go through the day (guys being able to deal with conditions I would consider "less than ideal"). If you're a woman/girl, my guess is that the public restrooms, while available, are "less than ideal". This is in addition from the idea that they may be squat toilets in there. You are hereby advised. The nicer restaurants are going to have decent (maybe even "acceptable") restrooms. For the intrepid, I just suggest having a map beforehand that tells you where the public restrooms are. Baidu maps or google maps have enough detail on the art zone to be able to provide restroom location information.

TripAdvisor View more

Interesting and diverse art section of Beijing. This may be a little tricky to get to if you don't have a Chinese speaker with you as you'll need a bus or a taxi to get there, neither of which will speak English, but if you can find a way it's a nice change of pace. One negative is the very poor toilet facilities around the place, yikes!

TripAdvisor View more

Not many city boasts a thriving art district which is converted from old warehouses/war factories/Mao's era planned economy factories to individual art galleries. "798" was a code number for one of the factory zone. From large galleries sponsored by corporates, to private warehouse spaces regularly holding exhibitions, to small galleries owned by influential individuals from Beijing's or even China's thriving art and culture scenes. And almost forgot to mention lots of sculptures, graffiti seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Take it slow and you'll find there's a surprise at almost every corner.The area itself is free to access as is most of the galleries, only certain special exhibitions would charge minimal entry fees or functions by invitation. Note that this place also hosts throughout the year great concerts, rave, Halloween, New Year parties, after the galleries are closed for the night!The zone are networked by roads, walkways, hidden alleys, and even defunct railways and tunnels. Sprinkled with the occasional cafes and restaurants. This place is very huge to explore, never a place to visit in one day but to be savoured over many Sunday afternoons with loved ones, the recommended visiting route is no-defined route.If your impression of Beijing is all history, palaces, temples and walls, this place will reinvigorate your senses and show you the Beijing you never knew. One of the new set of must visit places. (The "old" being the regular historic route of Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.)However, this place has tremendously grown in popularity over the past few years with many tour groups (and their huge buses!) starting to organize trips here. With that, also beware of kitschy arts and the trapping of new-age souvenir shops, where they sell a lot of novelty "hand-made" products and the "Obamao" culture. Nevertheless, 798 is a great place because it make arts very accessible to all the artists in us. It is just probably a 20-30 minutes ride from most hotels on the east side of Beijing.

TripAdvisor View more

I've come through the Art Zone many times, just passing through, or spending a few hours sightseeing, or getting something to eat or drink. Worth noting that almost all the galleries and exhibits are of Chinese Contemporary art. In many ways, Chinese Contemporary art to me is as equally incomprehensible as western art, so there's not a lot that would tell you that you're looking at a Chinese artist merely by looking at his/her work. That said, i'm still into Abstract Expressionism (Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still,etc), and I found plenty to look at across the 10-20 galleries that are in the Zone. Most of the galleries are free to enter. A few charge a nominal fee. If you wanted to spend a couple of hours in the Zone, you could do that just looking at the galleries. But if you had a day, you could start the morning eating at the street food stands near the entrance, then look at the galleries as they open, and the workers start coming to their offices (mixed into the Art Zone area are still a couple of working factories and office buildings that have nothing to do with the galleries). There's the old steam locomotive that is near the center southwestern part of the Art Zone, and you could just get a lay of the place. As the galleries open, and more people show up, you could wander from gallery to gallery and see which pieces you like. Toward the lunch, and the end of the day, you can eat at any of the restaurants that are in or border the Zone. There are also a number of craft shops, and souvenir places for the typical Chinese things, as well as restaurants of varying quality serving multiple types of food. If you're into any kind of art, or are just looking for a way to do something without spending a lot of money, or want a free activity to do that's more than just window shopping at the mall, the Art Zone is a good place to go. BTW, if you're a guy, there are enough public restrooms available to go through the day (guys being able to deal with conditions I would consider "less than ideal"). If you're a woman/girl, my guess is that the public restrooms, while available, are "less than ideal". This is in addition from the idea that they may be squat toilets in there. You are hereby advised. The nicer restaurants are going to have decent (maybe even "acceptable") restrooms. For the intrepid, I just suggest having a map beforehand that tells you where the public restrooms are. Baidu maps or google maps have enough detail on the art zone to be able to provide restroom location information.

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